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Royal Ascot is the longest horse racing festival held in the UK with five days of glorious racing. It plays host to an incredible amount of group races each day with countless numbers of listed contests and fiercely competitive handicaps. With so much high class action, punters can take advantage of ample betting opportunities and make the bookies pay for an incredible week of racing.

Every racing fan and punter loves Royal Ascot tips. Punters are generally familiar with the horses and have their favourites, but you can turn this into your advantage over the week by taking advantage of the value.

Royal Ascot Betting Tips & Selections

So are you looking for Royal Ascot betting tips from a proven profitable racing expert and tipster? Our racing expert Stephen Harris will be posting a tip for each race of the festival, right throughout the week. Check Stephen’s Royal Ascot betting tips every day of the festival, and also look out for predictions posted by the tipsters of the bettingexpert community.

Royal Ascot Tips & Race Schedule 2021

There are 35 races across the five-day Royal Ascot 2021 meeting which includes eight group ones and a further nine group races. Royal Ascot is one of the biggest horse racing betting opportunities in the UK and bookmakers will offer enhanced place terms, competitive pricing and lots of free bets and bonuses. Bettingexpert will provide Royal Ascot tips every day for every race to give you an edge on all the racing.

Royal Ascot Tips 2021, Tuesday 15th June, Day 1 Schedule & Selections

Time Race Royal Ascot 2021 Tips
2:30 Queen Anne Stakes Queen Anne Stakes  Tips 2021
3:05 Coventry Stakes Coventry Stakes Tips 2021
3:40  Kings Stand Stakes Kings Stand Stakes Tips 2021
4:20 St James’ Palace Stakes St James’ Palace Stakes Tips 2021
5:00 Ascot Stakes Ascot Stakes Tips 2021
5:35 Wolferton Stakes Wolferton Stakes Tips 2021
6:10 Copper Horse Stakes Copper Horse Stakes Tips 2021

Royal Ascot Tips 2021, Wednesday 16th June, Day 2 Schedule & Selections

Time Race Royal Ascot 2021 Tips
2:30 Queen Mary Stakes Queen Mary Stakes Tips 2021
3:05 Queen’s Vase Queen’s Vase Tips 2021
3:40  Duke of Cambridge Stakes Duke of Cambridge Stakes Tips 2021
4:20 Prince of Wales Stakes Prince of Wales Stakes Tips 2021
5:00 Royal Hunt Cup Handicap Royal Hunt Cup Handicap Tips 2021
5:35 Windsor Castle Stakes Windsor Castle Stakes Tips 2021
6:10 Kensington Palace Stakes Kensington Palace Stakes Tips 2021

Royal Ascot Tips 2021, Thursday 17th June, Day 3 Schedule & Selections

Time Race Royal Ascot 2021 Tips
2:30 Norfolk Stakes Norfolk Stakes Tips 2021
3:05 Hampton Court Stakes Hampton Court Stakes Tips 2021
3:40  Ribblesdale Stakes Ribblesdale Stakes Tips 2021
4:20 Gold Cup Gold Cup Tips 2021
5:00 Britannia Stakes Britannia Stakes Tips 2021
5:35 King George V Stakes King George V Stakes Tips 2021
6:10 Buckingham Palace Stakes Buckingham Palace Stakes Tips 2021

Royal Ascot Tips 2021, Friday 18th June, Day 4 Schedule & Selections

Time Race Royal Ascot 2021 Tips
2:30 Albany Stakes Albany Stakes Tips 2021
3:05 King Edward VII Stakes King Edward VII Stakes Tips 2021
3:40 Commonwealth Cup Commonwealth Cup Tips 2021
4:20 Coronation Stakes Coronation Stakes Tips 2021
5:00 Sandringham Stakes Sandringham Stakes Tips 2021
5:35 Duke of Edinburgh Stakes Duke of Edinburgh Stakes Tips 2021
6:10 Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes Tips 2021

Royal Ascot Tips 2021, Saturday 19th June, Day 5 Schedule & Selections

Time Race Royal Ascot 2021 Tips
2:30 Chesham Stakes Chesham Stakes Tips 2021
3:05 Jersey Stakes Jersey Stakes Tips 2021
3:40 Hardwicke Stakes Hardwicke Stakes Tips 2021
4:20 Diamond Jubilee Stakes Diamond Jubilee Stakes Tips 2021
5:00 Wokingham Stakes Wokingham Stakes Tips 2021
5:35 Golden Gates Stakes Golden Gates Stakes Tips 2021
6:10 Queen Alexandra Stakes Queen Alexandra Stakes Tips 2021

Royal Ascot Offers & Promotions 2021

If you love a betting offers, and let’s face it, who doesn’t, then Royal Ascot is a great time to take advantage of bookmaker promotional offers. This year will once again see a great menu of Royal Ascot offers available with everything from bonus bets, enchanced odds and insurance offers available. If you want to increase the excitement of this year’s Royal Ascot, check out our listing of the best offers available.

Here are our top five offers for this week at Royal Ascot.

See The Latest Royal Ascot Offers


Royal Ascot Winning Tips

Stephen Harris’ best bet results for Royal Ascot 2020.

Day Race WINNER Odds (SP)
Day 1 Buckingham Palace Handicap Motakhayel* 15.0
Day 1 Queen Anne Stakes Circus Maximus* 5.0
Day 1 Ribblesdale Stakes Frankly Darling 2.38
Day 1 Kings Stand Stakes Battaash 1.83
Day 1 Duke of Cambridge Stakes Nazeef 4.33
Day 2 Windsor Castle Stakes Tactical* 4.50
Day 2 Copper Horse Handicap Fujaira Prince* 4.0
Day 3 Jersey Stakes Molatham* 6.50
Day 3 Gold Cup Stradivarius* 1.80
Day 5 St James Palace Stakes Palace Pier 5.0
Day 5 Diamond Jubilee Stakes Hello Youmzain* 5.0
Day 5 Queen Alexandra Stakes Who Dares Wins* 2.0

* Best Bet for that race

Royal Ascot 2020 Tips Results – Best Bets

Tips Winners Profit ROI%
 34  8  +9.80  +28.8%

* 2 non runners

Royal Ascot 2020 Tips Results – All Tips

Tips Winners Profit ROI%
 68  12  -10.66  -15.7%

* 4 non runners


Royal Ascot Betting 2021: How To Bet On Royal Ascot

The Royal Ascot meeting is five days of top class racing, with millions of pounds in prize money across the board and Group races mixed in with some fiercely competitive handicaps. Taking place in June the ground is usually on the fast side of good, with big fields and extremely strong betting markets that the astute punter can take advantage of.

Here at bettingexpert we will have selections in each of the  races over the five days, with top analysis and punting advice. But while our Royal Ascot tips have been profitable to follow in recent years, it is also worth bearing in mind five key pointers for a successful week.

1 – Bet in the morning and be ruthless in taking only the top prices on offer

Bet early in the morning, shop around for the top value and play when the terms are in your favour. The on-course betting ring has some of the biggest layers in the country, more than willing to lay bets in any size demanded, but in the past decade or so most of the business has left the track and resides on the betting exchanges or off-course firms.

However, the expenses for those surviving bookies remain high for layers and as a result they now bet to a much higher margin, with the prices broadly uniform and always several ticks below the betfair price (particularly away from the front of the market).

There is no doubt at all that the value lies at the pick of the morning prices with the numerous off-course bookmakers, all fighting each other to be top price the front ones in the market (and usually with best odds guaranteed and 1/4 the odds a place all races).

At all major festivals these days, the price grid in the early markets is close to 100pc when taking into account the best prices available….and the astute punter is usually given a much easier time of things “getting on” given the nature of the ultra competitive racing.

2 – Keep runners from USA, France and Ireland firmly on side

2021 sees an incredible six million pounds on offer in prize money at the Royal meeting, a fantastic 66pc increase on the £3.61m offered in 2020 (despite the effects of the global pandemic and the likelihood of restricted crowd numbers in attendance.

These 5 days have traditionally attracted runners from all around the world and in recent years this has grown considerably. There have been steady year on year increases in the number of runners from overseas and astute punters are advised to always give them maximum respect, especially as the UK market usually underestimates their chances. Wesley Ward (top USA trainer who specialises in producing very pacey speedballs) often aims his fastest juveniles at this meeting, and they have made a real impact (often looking more like 3-y-o’s against their leaner UK opponents).

Campanelle provided trainer Wesley Ward with an 11th Royal Ascot success in last year’s G2 Queen Mary Stakes. The daughter of Kodiac, who subsequently defeated the boys in France’s G1 Prix Morny, is one of two entries for Ward in the G1 Commonwealth Cup on Friday, 18th June alongside Illegal Smile. Ward is also responsible for Bound For Nowhere, who could make his fourth appearance at Royal Ascot in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, and Maven in the G1 King’s Stand Stakes.

The French challenge has traditonally been strong, with trainers like Andre Fabre enjoying fantastic success over the years, while the Japanese should not be under estimated either with anything sent over (particularly with the extra expense involved after international travel was so disrupted because of the pandemic).

3 – Frontrunners on the round course have an excellent record

The round course at Ascot is notably sharp in relation to other tracks, with the races often won by those racing handily and getting first run off the final turn (and quickening clear while others are forced to fan out wide and lose ground from off the back).

This is particularly true on fast ground that tends to always prevail at the Royal meeting. Try and identify obvious front-runners who are likely to get an unpestered lead and dictate their own tempo (lone frontrunners can be particularly lethal when allowed to make their own fractions). Often in the Group 1’s a pacemaker will be added to assist the market leader (with Aidan O’Brien in particularly very adept at getting tactics right for his best horses),

Work out how you think the races will be run, lean towards those likely to be ridden forwards and avoid jockeys such as Jamie Spencer who are often looking to do the impossible and come from last to first regardless of the tempo of the race.

4 – Concentrate on fresh runners who have been laid out to win at this prestigious meeting

Royal Ascot in June 2021 falls right in the middle of a very busy summer season on the turf, coming after the Guineas and Derby meetings.

For many it can be one race too many in a short space of time, with the fast ground taking its toll and the edge taken off their peak performance by previous battles at the highest level. Search instead for runners deliberately aimed at this meeting, with perhaps just one run so far this season and other targets swerved to wait for the valuable prizes on offer (those who have been running on the all-weather through the winter have a poor record in the handicaps over these five days).

The two-year-old races in particular tend to go to runners with just one or perhaps two runs under their belt so far, as the exposed, proven sorts are found wanting as the later juveniles come out. Some of the early season, small field form on the turf can also be meaningless if it has come on much softer ground (the wet spring in 2021 makes this particularly relevant), and winning form does not often get backed up as the ground changes.

5 – Check the early races each day to see if there is any draw/going bias

The Royal Ascot course is always in immaculate condition, with state of the art watering ensuring that there is a full covering of grass and the turf usually riding on the faster side of good (and often genuinely “firm” by the Friday and Saturday).

However, there can be a pronounced bias towards one side of the track or the other on the straight course, and the shrewd punters will be very quick to latch onto this by watching carefully the first race or two each day.

Sometimes the apparent dominance of high or low drawn numbers can be down to where the pace is drawn in any race, but frequently a strip of ground will be slightly faster and this can translate to a significant advantage by the finish of some of the big field handicaps (where the field always splits into at least two groups).

With all the racing priced up early, the astute players can take advantage of any bias by backing a few of the runners with the best draw later on in the card (before the public latches on and the prices crash).


Royal Ascot Betting: Top 5 Horses 2021

At bettingexpert we have compiled a five horses to follow that will hopefully all be major players at the Royal meeting (and are certainly worth keeping an eye on throughout the summer months).

  • #1- Starman

Ed Walker’s rapidly improving sprinter created a deep impression when making a winning seasonal reappearance in the Group 2 Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at York in May, travelling really strongly on the eased decent ground and quickening readily clear in the style of a top class performer.

His trainer reported afterwards that he ideally needs fast ground to be at his best, and he should be extremely hard to beat at the Royal meeting with plenty more improvement in the tank after just five career starts (four wins).

  • #2 – Bashosh

Roger Varian usually assembles a small but select team to tackle the five days at Royal Ascot, and this strapping 3-y-o really impressed when making a winning racecourse debut at Leicester in May.

He had clearly been working well at home to be sent off a well backed 2/1 second fsvourite there under Jack Mitchell, and looked a Group class performer in the making as he stormed clear from the furlong pole from Thaler (pair pulled rapidly 16l clear of the rest on the eased decent ground).

  • #3 – Stradivarius

John Gosden’s superstar stayer has been a banker at this meeting for many years now, and he showed no signs that his powers were on the wane when making a smooth winning reappearance at this track in the Sagaro Stakes in April.

He has now won a remarkable 17 of his 27 career starts, amassing nearly £2.7m in prize money, and seems sure to be one of the shortest priced favourites of the week in the Gold Cup (with the 50-y-o Frankie Dettori still riding at the height of his powers).

  • #4 – Logo Hunter

Michael Browne might not be a household name in the training ranks, but he has a very useful sprinter on his hands for the Royal meeting, and he really impressed when landing the Sole Power listed sprint at Naas in May.

The manner of that rout suggests he is going to be a force to be reckoned with in Group company this summer, with connectiosn sure that he will be a lot more effective on faster terrain (soft ground last time but tanked all over a useful field before trapping clear under Jamie Heffernan).

  • #5 – St Mark’s Basilica

Aidan O’Brien always has a very strong hand at this meeting, with the bookmakers often under siege once the winners start flying in, and this progressive performer looked one to keep on side of when winning in style at Longchamp in May.

He remains open to loads more improvement after just six career starts, and seems sure to be very hard to beat in the St James Palace Stakes (before then heading to the Coral Eclipse at Sandown in July).


Royal Ascot Betting: Top 5 Jockeys 2021

The five days of high class action at Royal Ascot provides a stern test for both horses and jockeys, with huge prize money and the prestige of numerous top level races adding extra pressure. Obviously the best jockeys tend to have contractual arrangements that mean they are automatically on the first choice horses for their yards, but there are also young riders on the up who are worth keeping an eye on. Here we take a look at the top 5 Royal Ascot jockeys to keep on side of through the week.

  • #1- Ryan Moore

Moore is arguably the best jockey in the world, possessing an excellent tactical brain and incredible strength in the saddle, he is sure to be a odds-on favourite to win another jockeys championship at Royal Ascot 2021.

He suffered a rare reversal in 2019 (having won the title eight times previously), and again in 2020 had to give best to Dettoir after a last day treble for his old rival. Moore’s tie up with the all-conquering Aidan O’Brien Coolmore yard team means he will be riding a large number of short-priced favourites over the five days, and he will be aiming to surpass the incredible 9 winners he rode at this meeting in 2015 (only Fred Archer’s 12 wins from 24 rides can beat that and it came in 1878 when the racing was a good deal less competitive).

Moore is a quiet, even slightly shy figure, who keeps away from the press where possible and has attracted criticism as a result, but he is very much in the Lester Piggott mode (preferring to do his talking on the track) and he seems certain to be the leading rider at this meeting with plenty of rides for a large number of stables to supplement his contracted mounts in all the Group races.

  • #2- Frankie Dettori

Now incredibly 50, Dettori seems ageless and continues to ride at the very height of his powers despite those advancing years.

He won the champion jockey title at this meeting in 2019 and 2020, and has another book of terrific rides lined up in 2021. The superstar Stradivarius is one of the bankers of the week in the marathon 2m4f Gold Cup, and another win for him would raise the roof at Royal Ascot again (even with just 4000 spectators allowed in because of the global pandemic).

  • #3- James Doyle

With Charlie Appleby now established right at the top of the training game, James Doyle has been riding a lot of the Godolphin horses to some memorable victories over the last few years. In 2017 he enjoyed a fantastic time at the Royal meeting, partnering the legendary Big Orange to a memorable frontrunning win in the Gold Cup, and showing all of his strength to force Barney Roy home in the Group 1 St James Palace Stakes.

Doyle is extremely reliable in the top races, usually very aware tactically, making few mistakes and always in the right place at the right time. There is no ego or showboating, and he has a good reputation among punters as a jockey who can be trusted (and this is borne out by a large number of yards using his services when not booked by Godolphin).

His partnership with the unbeaten Pinatubo was one of the highlights of the 2019 season, with his breathtaking win in the Chesham Stakes one of hihglights of the week, and in 2021 he is sure to be on a lot of the fancied horses in all the Group races over the five days.

  • #4- Hollie Doyle

The best female rider in the UK, Doyle is incredbly strong in a finish and possesses a brilliant tactical brain. Her judgement of pace is second to none, and it is very significant that she had her first ride for Aidan O’Brien recently in the Dante at York on Roman Empire.

Able to ride down to 8-stone, Hollie is sure to be in demand in all the big handicaps over the five days at the Royal meeting, and she seems sure to be adding to her 450 winners over the last five years (at an impressive 13pc strike rate given she started out without the backing of the bigger stables).

  • #5- Jamie Spencer

Spencer is very much a “marmite” type of rider, loved and hated in equal measures by punters up and down the land. He rides the vast majority of his mounts with extreme patience, often dropping them out last regardless of the pace of the race, and aims to swoop late and fast as the pace collapses.

These tactics can be maddening to put it mildly, but over the straight course at Ascot it has proved very profitable over the years.


Royal Ascot Betting: Top 5 Trainers 2021

  • #1- Aidan O’Brien

O’Brien has been the dominant force in UK racing since 1996, training privately for John Magnier and his Coolmore Stud associates at their state of the art Ballydoyle Stables in County Tipperary. In 2017 he sent out a world record 28 Group 1 winners, and he is sure to have assembled another very strong team in 2020, with a large number of beautifully bred juveniles and 3-y-o’s to choose from for the Royal meeting.

O’Brien has numerous proven Group horses that are always meticulously prepared to peak on the big stage, and he comes into the week chasing a remarkable tenth leading trainers title. The betting market is a terrific guide to the confidence behind all of the Ballydoyle runners, with some of the owners like Michael Tabor well known as extremely large punters who are not afraid to back their judgement in eye-watering sums.

A late flurry of activity and contraction in price for any runners from this top class stable is well worth noting, and a sure sign that “the right money” is down. He has been the leading trainer at the Royal meeting a remarkable 10 times, but suffered a reversal in 2020 when only finishing a tied second behind John Gosden. His 2021 team looks extremely strong at this stage and he is sure to be an odds-on favourite to win the title for an 11th time.

  • #2- John Gosden

Gosden won the 2020 Royal Ascot trainers title with six winners, two clear of his main rivals Aidan O’Brien and Roger Varian with four winners apiece. Palace Pier is currently the best miler around at the moment, and he is sure to be back at the Royal meeting to try and supplement his electrifying win in the 2020 St James Palace Stakes under Dettori.

The stables runners are always worthy of maximum respect at this meeting (with Kingman and The Fugue both memorable winners in recent years). In 2018,2019 and 2020 he produced the brilliant Stradivarius to land the Ascot Gold Cup in style, and he seems sure to be back in 2021 to try and land a historic four-timer.

  • #3- Roger Varian

Varian is one of the up-and-coming trainers who is very much one to follow at Royal Ascot 2021, and has made an immediate impression at the top level in his first 10 years training (took over from Michael Jarvis in 2011 having served as his assistant for ten years).

He moved in 2017 to Carlburg House in Newmarket (formerly the base of Clive Brittain) and the winners have continued to flow. Varian is particularly expert with juveniles, and in 2021 he seems sure to have a strong hand in the 2-y-o races over the five days (market strength very significant and rarely far wide of the mark when the money is down).

  • #4- Wesley Ward

The American trainer has a brilliant record at Royal Ascot, particularly with his two year old runners, and he is sure to be back with a very strong team for the 2021 meeting.

Back in 2009, Ward became the first U.S trainer to send a horse over and win a valuable race at the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting. Strike the Tiger, a 2-year-old gelding co-bred and co-owned by Ward, shocked the UK public by taking the 2-y-o Windsor Castle Stakes at odds of 33-1.

The next day, Ward sent out a 2-year-old filly named Jealous Again to win the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes by a comfortable five lengths. Now the market is far more respectful of their chances, and appearance wise his runners always look miles ahead of their European rivals (both in terms of size and maturity).

  • #5- Sir Michael Stoute

The veteran Barbados born trainer first tasted success in the UK with Sandal in 1972 at Newmarket, and he has been at the top of the game for almost 50 years now.

As the trainer for the Queen, his runners at this meeting always attracted significant interest and support from the public, and the victory of Estimate in the Gold Cup in 2013 was a particularly memorable day for all followers of the sport. Stoute is an expert at gradually nurturing improvement from slow maturing types, and does not ever rush his runners who often improve run to run throughout the summer as their stamina is drawn out.

He usually has a handicapper or two laid out for the Royal meeting, but is equally adept in the Group races, and he is sure to have a strong team primed for 2021 (with his team making an unusually fast start to the turf season proper this spring).


Royal Ascot Results 2020

Royal Ascot Results, Day 1 2020

Race Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
Buckingham Palace Handicap Motakhayyel 15.0 J Crowley R Hannon
Queen Anne Stakes Circus Maximus 5.0 (fav) R Moore A P OBrien
Ribblesdale Stakes  Frankly Darling 2.38 L Dettori J & T Gosden
King Edward VII Stakes Pyledriver 19.0 M Dwyer W R Muir
Kings Stand Stakes Battaash 1.83 J Crowley C Hills
Duke of Cambridge Stakes Nazeef 4.33 J Crowley J & T Gosden
Ascot Stakes Coeur de Lion 17.0 T H Hansen A King

Royal Ascot Results, Day 2 2020

Race Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
Silver Royal Hunt Cup Sir Busker 13.0 O Murphy W J Knight
Hampton Court Stakes Russian Emperor 4.33 R L Moore A P OBrien
King George V Stakes Hukum 13.0 J Crowley O Burrows
Prince of Wales’ Stakes Lord North 6.0 J Doyle J & T Gosden
Royal Hunt Cup Dark Vision 8.50 W Buick M Johnston
Windsor Castle Stakes Tactical 4.50 J Doyle A M Balding
Copper Horse Handicap Fujaira Prince 4.0 A Atzeni R Varian

Royal Ascot Results, Day 3 2020

Race Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
Golden Gates Handicap Highland Chief 21.0 R Ryan P Cole
Wolferton Stakes Mountain Angel 9.0 J Doyle  R Varian
Jersey Stakes Molatham 6.50 J Crowley  R Varian
Chesham Stakes Battleground 3.75 R L Moore A P OBrien
Gold Cup Stradivarius 1.80 L Dettori J & T Gosden
Britannia Stakes Khaloosy 5.50 J Crowley R Varian
Sandringham Stakes Onassis 34.0 H Turner C Fellowes

Royal Ascot Results, Day 4 2020

Race Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap Art Power 2.50 S de Sousa T D Easterby
Albany Stakes Dandalla 7.50 B A Curtis K R Burke
 Norfolk Stakes The Lir Jet 5.50 O Murphy M L W Bell
Hardwicke Stakes Fanny Logan 9.50 L Dettori J & T Gosden
Commonwealth Cup Golden Horde 6.0 A Kirby C G Cox
Queen’s Vase Santiago 4.33 R L Moore A P OBrien
Duke of Edinburgh Stakes Scarlet Dragon 34.0 H Doyle A King

Royal Ascot Results, Day 5 2020

Race Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
Silver Wokingham Handicap Cheifofchiefs 21.0 W Buick C Fellowes
Queen Mary Stakes Campanelle 5.50 L Dettori W Ward
Coventry Stakes Nando Parrado 151.0 A Kirby C G Cox
Coronation Stakes Alpine Star 5.50 L Dettori J Harrington
St James’ Palace Stakes Palace Pier 5.0 L Dettori J & T Gosden
Diamond Jubilee Stakes Hello Youmzain 5.0 K Stott K A Ryan
Wokingham Stakes Hey Jonesy 19.0 K Stott K A Ryan
Queen Alexandra Stakes Who Dares Wins 2.0 T Marquand A King

Royal Ascot 2021 Fixtures & Times

Royal Ascot 2021 starts on Tuesday 15th June and races every day up to and including Saturday 19th June when Royal Ascot 2021 finishes. Royal Ascot race times are the same every single day. The first race begins at 2:30 and the last race is at 6:10 with six races per day.

Royal Ascot 2021 Ladies Day

Ladies day 2021 at Royal Ascot is Thursday 17th June. Ladies are encouraged to dress to impress with a best dressed competition taking part with attractive prizes to be won. A stylish hat, headpiece or fascinator is essential to standing out. Check out previous Royal Ascot hats, dresses and outfits to get inspiration for your Ascot outfit.

Royal Ascot Directions & Transport

Here are some helpful tips to aid your journey to Royal Ascot and make your day run as smoothly as possible. Ascot racecourse is in Berkshire and is nestled just to the east of Bracknell. If you’re travelling by road, the Ascot racecourse postcode is SL5 7JX. If you’re travelling by car, you can park in Car park 8 which will cost £30. If you’re travelling by train, the nearest station is Ascot and it’s just a seven-minute walk from the racecourse. There are regular trains to Ascot from Reading which take 27 minutes and Waterloo which takes 52 minutes. If you happen to be travelling by helicopter, there is a landing facility at Royal Ascot racecourse.

Royal Ascot 2021 Tickets

A typical Royal Ascot ticket in the Windsor Enclosure will cost around £35 whilst tickets in the Queen Anne Enclosure will cost upwards of £75. If you fancy upgrading your Queen Anne ticket to include the Furlong Club, that will cost you near £200 per person which includes a private decked terrace, extra seating and a complimentary race card.

Royal Ascot Enclosures

Typically if you are going to Royal Ascot you are going to need to know which enclosure to choose. Bettingexpert gives you a thorough rundown to help you make your decision on which Royal Ascot enclosure to choose for your big day.

Royal Ascot Windsor Enclosure

The Royal Ascot Windsor Enclosure is the equivalent of the ‘Silver Ring’ to most other racecourses. Based a couple of furlongs away from the main grandstand, the Windsor Enclosure is a more relaxed way to enjoy the racing. Racegoers are encouraged to dress smart but there is no formal dress code in place except that replica sports shirts are not permitted. Picnics are allowed but be careful as Royal Ascot has a strict alcohol policy. Each adult is only permitted to bring one bottle of sparkling wine or champagne to accompany their picnic.

Royal Ascot Queen Anne Enclosure

The Royal Ascot Queen Anne Enclosure is the equivalent of the ‘Grandstand Enclosure’ at most other racecourses. The Queen Anne Enclosure gives you access to the Pre-Parade and Parade Rings as well as a first class view of all the racing. If you’re in the Queen Anne Enclosure be sure you dress to impress. Royal Ascot enforces a strict formal dress code policy. Gentlemen must wear a matching suit with a shirt and tie, no top hat is required! For ladies it’s a little more thorough. Ladies must wear a hat, headpiece of fascinator at all times. No strapless or sheer strap dresses or tops are permitted. Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that adheres to the above guidelines. Midriffs must be covered and finally shorts are not permitted. Good luck ladies! For children, boys aged 13-16 should wear a suit or jacket with a tie. Boys aged 12 or under are not required to wear a jacket or tie. Smart summer dresses are suggested for girls aged 17 or under and hats, headpieces and fascinators are not compulsory.

Royal Ascot Royal Enclosure

The Royal Ascot Royal Enclosure is by invitation only. You cannot buy tickets for this enclosure and is the only enclosure in the whole of the UK to be invitation only. Members of the Royal Ascot Royal Enclosure can invite guests but without an invitation from a member of the Royal Enclosure, you will not be able to access this stand. If you are attending the Royal Enclosure, you must follow the strict dress code. Gentlemen must wear an either black or grey morning dress which must include a waistcoat and tie, a black or grey top hot and plain black shoes. Ladies are required to wear formal daywear which is defined as follows: a dress or skirt that is of modest length, jackets and pashminas may be worn, trouser suits are welcome if they are of matching material and colour and hats must be worn. Children aged 10-17 should adhere to the ladies and gentlemen dress code. Overseas visitors are welcome to wear their national dress. Serving military are welcome to wear their service dress or equivalent.

Royal Ascot Dress Code

Windsor Enclosure

There is no dress code in the Windsor Enclosure. Replica sports clothing is not permitted and this policy will be strictly enforced so don’t be caught out. Racegoers are encouraged to dress smartly but this is at your discretion. Hats, fascinators and headpieces are not compulsory.

Queen Anne Enclosure

Gentlemen must wear a matching suit with a shirt and tie, no top hat is required! For ladies it’s a little more thorough. Ladies must wear a hat, headpiece of fascinator at all times. No strapless or sheer strap dresses or tops are permitted. Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that adheres to the above guidelines. Midriffs must be covered and finally shorts are not permitted. Good luck ladies! For children, boys aged 13-16 should wear a suit or jacket with a tie. Boys aged 12 or under are not required to wear a jacket or tie. Smart summer dresses are suggested for girls aged 17 or under and hats, headpieces and fascinators are not compulsory.  

Royal Enclosure

Gentlemen must wear an either black or grey morning dress which must include a waistcoat and tie, a black or grey top hot and plain black shoes. Ladies are required to wear formal daywear which is defined as follows: a dress or skirt that is of modest length, jackets and pashminas may be worn, trouser suits are welcome if they are of matching material and colour and hats must be worn. Children aged 10-17 should adhere to the ladies and gentlemen dress code. Overseas visitors are welcome to wear their national dress. Serving military are welcome to wear their service dress or equivalent.


The History Of Royal Ascot

As one would expect the history of the Royal meeting began with the Monarchy way back in 1711 at a time when horse racing was becoming very fashionable with the rich. It was Queen Ann herself that purchased the land adjacent to Windsor Castle that has now evolved into the most modern of 21st century racecourses.

Before long race meetings were taking place, which became very popular with racehorse owners due to the social benefits that were on offer from Royalty at the time. It was not long before the Ascot meeting became the most important of its type among the landed aristocracy, with its popularity leading to the first four-day festival in 1768.

The precise origins of the Royal Meeting are unclear, as the event evolved from the first four-day meeting that took place in 1768. The meeting as it’s known today only really started to take shape with the introduction of the Gold Cup in 1807. Royal Ascot was the only race meeting held at Ascot until 1939 (quite remarkable but shows how racing was purely for Royalty and the upper-classes, not a commercial venture or one that needed the support of the “common man”).

Modern Royal Ascot

These days of course Royal Ascot has become the most prestigious horse racing meeting in the country with Royalty in attendance daily, and a sold-out crowd guaranteed from one year to the next, many of course more interested in the fashion, hats and hob-nobbing with the great and the good in the Royal Enclosure (still one of the most sought after invitations in this more meritocratic age).

The meeting hosts 9 of the 32 Group One races held in the UK each year, with the “Blue Riband” being the famous Ascot Gold Cup, raced on Ladies Day, and bringing together the greatest stayers from several generations every year. In 2009, Yeats, ridden by Johnny Murtagh and trained by Aidan O’Brien, won his fourth consecutive Gold Cup – a magnificent achievement, and one that is unlikely to be repeated, but this year has a wide open look to it with no standout contender.

In 2011, Ascot celebrated its tercentenary and staged the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day, now the climax to the European flat racing season (controversially staged at the end of the season, though fortunately the first running’s have seen unusually nice weather and good crowds), and last year Ascot was at the heart of the country’s celebrations to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, with the Golden Jubilee Stakes renamed the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and won (narrowly and controversially) by the now retired Australian super-mare, Black Caviar.

In 2012 the world’s four top horses on official ratings ran at Ascot, something no other venue could claim and king of them all, of course, was the mighty Frankel. He retired victorious and unbeaten in 14 runs after the Champion Stakes, having competed at two, three and four at Ascot – five wins in all at the Berkshire track including two at Royal Ascot and two on British Champions Day. This season lacks the star quality of a Black Caviar or a Frankel, but the overall standard makes this a meeting that no true enthusiast of the sport can miss.

Many have taken time to warm to the “new” grandstand, and on the smaller days it can resemble a vast, cold airport terminal, staffed by officious jobsworths who deny access to areas depending on one’s attire.

But for the Royal meeting, it serves its purpose perfectly, allowing far more ease of movement when the crowd is at capacity and the viewing is now as good as it gets (after many initial problems when it was impossible to see or hear anything apart from some chap’s top hat in front of you).


Royal Ascot Facilities for Punters

Ascot is a right-handed galloping track with a testing uphill finish. There is a straight mile – used for races such as the Queen Anne – and a round mile – used for contests like the St James’s Palace. The longest race at Royal Ascot, and indeed of the Flat season, is the Queen Alexandra Stakes, which is run over 2m5½f. A vast range of hot and cold refreshments are available from a number of hospitality areas and restaurants in the Grandstand and Silver Ring (although bringing a picnic usually offers the better option for all “value” seekers.

Royal Enclosure and Grandstand admission ticket holders can visit the parade ring located directly behind the Grandstand, however there is no access to the parade ring from the Silver Ring or Heath Enclosure. The main places to bet are at one of the Totepool windows or with the bookmakers, who are located in the betting ring in front of the stands in the Grandstand admission areas, Silver Ring and Heath Enclosures.

The strength of the Ascot ring is unrivalled, with every major bookmaker in attendance and the competition for the punters money intense. Like everywhere, the main focus of betting is now away from the track on the betting exchanges, and many layers complain that the average bet asked for by the social public crowd is 50p each-way, but on the rails the action is still fast and lumpy. This is one of the few rings where getting a bet of any size is not a problem, with the well established players keen to take on punters at a course where they traditionally get their share of “results”.

The numerous car parks open from 9am and the course opens at 10.30am each day, and the shrewder racegoers will aim to be there early to avoid the horrific traffic congestion that amasses in the high street every year…oh and don’t try to leave until about 7pm either! The hassles aside, the Royal meeting is a fantastic experience and well worth getting to at least once in a lifetime.

FAQs about Royal Ascot 2021

What are the dates for Royal Ascot 2021?

The 2021 edition of Royal Ascot is scheduled to start Tuesday 15th of June and continue until Saturday 19th of June, meaning 5 days of racing.

How to watch Royal Ascot in Live?

You can watch Royal Ascot races in the UK via the 2 networks to broadcast the Festival: Sky Sports Racing or ITV. But you can also sign in or create an account with a bookmaker offering Royal Ascot live streaming. Ensure you have either placed a bet on the race you want to watch or have a funded betting account. Click to view live streaming, select horse racing and the Royal Ascot race you wish to watch.

How to bet on Royal Ascot?

At bettingexpert, our racing expert Stephen Harris provides readers with his 5 keys to betting on the Royal Ascot Festival. Stephen’s number one key is to first consider the draw and the pace of the race.

What are the Royal ascot favourites?

Our horse racing expert Stephen Harris has selected his top 5 horses, jockeys and trainers to follow during the festival. To find the entire list we recommend you to read our dedicated section but as a sneak peak we recommend you to keep an eye on Cold Front, Stradivarius and Defoe.

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