Published 2023/05/17


Ascot, one of Britain's most well-known racetracks, hosts a special week of events in June every year dubbed Royal Ascot, which is attended by The Queen, who has been a horse enthusiast since she was a young girl. With almost 300,000 attendees over five days, all dressed to impress, this week has emerged as Britain's most popular racing meeting. The first day in the week begins with the Royal Procession, during which The Queen and any accompanying Royal Family members pull up along the track in horse-drawn landaus.


While out riding, Queen Anne stumbled across an expanse of the open hearth not far from Windsor Castle and immediately saw the potential for a racecourse for Ascot. She thought it would be the perfect location for "horses to gallop at full stretch." So, on August 11, 1711, Ascot hosted its first-ever racing event. The Royal Ascot meeting developed from the inaugural four-day race meeting held in 1768. The event's current form didn't emerge until The Gold Cup was introduced in 1807.

The popularity of racing at Ascot increased, and in 1813, Parliament passed the Act of Enclosure. This law made sure that Ascot Heath, which was owned by the crown, would continue to be maintained and used as a public racetrack in the future. The Ascot Authority, established by a 1913 Act of Parliament, currently oversees the location.

The third day of Royal Ascot continues to feature the Gold Cup, which is customarily the biggest day of the week. The finest stayers in flat racing are featured on this day, coupled with great attire and elegant headgears. Even the world's most skilled long-distance horses will find the Gold Cup challenging because it is run over 2.5 miles.

Even though Queen Anne established Ascot Racecourse in 1711, eleven monarchs had supported it. In 1911, the Ascot summer horse meeting was declared a Royal week.


At Royal Ascot, there are a total of four enclosures, with three of them being public. The most prestigious area is the Royal Enclosure, to which only a few are permitted. New applicants must apply to the Royal Enclosure Office and secure sponsorship from a member enrolled there for at least four years. His Majesty's Representative annually sends invitations to current members to request badges. Only the named person may wear the handwritten badges.


Ascot Racecourse is a dual-use British racetrack that hosts thoroughbred horse racing in Ascot, Berkshire, England. It features three Grade 1 Jumps races and 13 of Britain's 36 yearly Flat Group 1 horse races. Six hundred thousand people annually attend Ascot Racecourse, making up 10% of all racegoers in the UK. The racecourse, which is 179 acres (72 hectares) in size and is leased from the Crown Estate, has strong ties to the British Royal Family.

The Ascot flat season runs from April to October, with QIPCO British Champions Day capping off the season's final month. Each summer, Ascot stages about 115 flat races throughout its 18 flat racing days. The grass is precisely trimmed to 4 inches per regulation. The Gold Cup, St. James's Palace Stakes, King's Stand Stakes, Commonwealth Cup, and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes are just a few of the 13 Group 1 Flat events that Ascot stages annually.

With four races at the highest level, QIPCO British Champions Day has the most Group 1 races of any race day at Ascot. Many of the most well-known flat horses in the world, including Frankel, Nijinsky, Sagaro, Yeats, Mill Reef, Grundy, Dancing Brave, Swain, Galileo, and Enable, have competed at Ascot.

With a 73-foot ascent from the lowest point, Swinley Bottom, to the highest position, the Winning Post, the track is renowned for being one of the most challenging courses. The world's best racehorses come to Royal Ascot, to compete for millions of pounds in prize money. Over five days, 500 horses compete in races that are transmitted to viewers in approximately 200 countries.


To escape every day and enjoy a week of celebration at Royal Ascot, thrill seekers and racegoers will assemble from June 20 through June 24. The prestigious event, steeped in history and sets the stage for top-notch horse racing in all its pleasure, ignites passions and encourages younger generations to check their daily lives at the door. This summer, Royal Ascot is the ideal event to celebrate with friends, family, and loved ones. Group reservations allow you to enjoy the best meals and exhilarating racing together. The Royal Ascot dates are the best times to loosen up from your daily grind. However, just because you cannot be physically present does not exempt you from the betting action; you can place your bet via