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Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot is a five-day festival with the best horses from around the world competing at the highest level. Royal Ascot dates back to 1911 and HM The Queen has attended every royal meeting during her reign, arriving by horse-drawn carriage in a royal procession each day.

Formal attire is essential in the Royal Enclosure, with ladies required to wear dresses and skirts falling above the knee and a hat, while men must wear a waistcoat and tie, a top hat and plain black shoes. In the Queen Anne Enclosure and Windsor Enclosure, men must wear suits – socks are mandatory – and ladies must be formal with a hat.

With more than 300,000 people attending this prestigious meeting annually it boasts top-quality races, with the the best trainers, jockeys and owners in attendance. This year there will be £7,330,000 in prize-money on offer, with no race worth less than £90,000. The meeting consists of 30 races

  • Day 1: 3 Group 1’s inc. the Queen Anne Stakes, the King’s Stand and the St James Palace *
  • Day 2: The Prince of Wales Stakes won last year by Poet’s Ward
  • Day 3: The ‘stayers’ 2m4f, Gold Cup + 2 x Group 2’s inc. the Ribblesdale Stakes for Fillies
  • Day 4: 2 x Group 1’s The Commonwealth Cup and the Coronation Stakes
  • Day 5: Group 1 The Diamond Jubilee Stakes won last year by Merchant Navy

*Frankel, who retired unbeaten after 14 starts, won the St James’s Palace in 2011 and the Queen Anne the following year.

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