Royal Ascot is traditionally held in mid-June each year, and in 2023 it will take place from Tuesday, June 20th to Saturday, June 24th. The five-day event features some of the best horse racing in the world, including a number of prestigious Group One races such as the Gold Cup, the King’s Stand Stakes, and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. In addition to the horse racing, Royal Ascot is also known for its elegant fashion, with attendees donning their finest hats, dresses, and suits for the occasion.
History of Royal Ascot
History of Royal Ascot
The first Royal Ascot was held in 1711 by Queen Anne, and it quickly became one of the most important events on the British social calendar. The racecourse was designed by famous architect John Nash and it has since been renovated and updated to meet modern standards while still preserving its historic charm.
The Royal Family has long been associated with Royal Ascot, with members of the monarchy attending the event since the 1800s. The Queen is a particularly keen horse racing enthusiast and attends Royal Ascot every year. In fact, the Royal Procession, where the Queen and other members of the Royal Family arrive in horse-drawn carriages, is one of the most iconic moments of the event.
In recent years, some of the most notable winners of the Royal Ascot have included
Ascot Gold Cup Winners List:
|2019||Stradivarius||5||Frankie Dettori||John Gosden||Bjorn Nielsen||4:30.88|
|2018||Stradivarius||4||Frankie Dettori||John Gosden||Bjorn Nielsen||4:21.08|
|2017||Big Orange||6||James Doyle||Michael Bell||Bill Gredley||4:22.40|
|2016||Order of St George||4||Ryan Moore||Aidan O’Brien||Smith / Magnier / Tabor||4:26.21|
|2015||Trip To Paris||4||Graham Lee||Ed Dunlop||La Grange Partnership||4:22.61|
Dates in 2023 when the events take place
Tuesday 20th of June 2023
At 2pm sharp, the Royal Procession marks the beginning of an exceptional five-day racing event. This day is considered the most important for avid racing fans, featuring three exceptional Group 1 contests, namely The Queen Anne Stakes, King’s Stand Stakes, and St James’s Palace Stakes. Besides thrilling races, this day provides excellent opportunities for socializing, with a range of exceptional dining options that include a three-course à la carte luncheon, gourmet picnics, Champagne afternoon teas, and Fine Dining in numerous restaurants.
Wednesday 21st of June 2023
This day, which is highly regarded by knowledgeable visitors, offers a perfect balance between relaxation and intense racing. Whether visitors choose to stroll around the immaculate lawns or enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea, the day is sure to delight. The highlight of the racing card is the highly competitive Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes. Although the Wednesday tends to be a more laid-back occasion compared to the opening day, both the racing and the off-track enjoyment are of the highest quality. The racing card for the day also includes three Group 2 races: The Queen Mary Stakes, The Queen’s Vase, and The Duke of Cambridge Stakes.
Thursday 22nd of June 2023
The third day of Royal Ascot, commonly known as Ladies Day, is a celebration of tradition, fashion, and elite Flat racing. It is a day of glamour and socializing, where high fashion and magnificent millinery creations take centre stage. The highlight of the day’s racing is the historic Gold Cup, which has witnessed some of the event’s most memorable moments, including Yeats’ legendary fourth victory in 2009 and Her Majesty The Queen’s filly Estimate’s win in 2013. In 2021, Subjectivist secured the title, winning by 5 lengths under jockey Joe Fanning and giving trainer Mark Johnston his fourth victory in the race. Thursday is also a major fashion event, with the most spectacular millinery creations on display and an unparalleled sense of style that matches the prestige on the track, setting sartorial trends for the summer season.
Friday 23rd of June 2023
The penultimate day of Royal Ascot features two Group 1 races – the Coronation Stakes and the Commonwealth Cup. The Friday is known for its drama-filled races and social atmosphere, offering a lead-in to a long weekend. The day consists of seven world-class races, including Group 2 and 3 races, as well as handicaps. The Friday also provides an excellent opportunity for corporate entertaining and group hospitality. The Sandringham Stakes in 2019 saw history being made as Hayley Turner became the first female jockey to win at Royal Ascot since 1987.
Saturday 24th of June 2023
Royal Ascot concludes with a spectacular day featuring the £1m Group 1 Platinum Jubilee Stakes, which is one of the world’s greatest international sprints. The day offers a top supporting card including the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes and The Queen Alexandra Stakes, the longest race of the British Flat season. The 2020 edition of Royal Ascot saw Nando Parrado and Adam Kirby create history by becoming the biggest-priced Royal Ascot winners with a 150-1 shot for trainer Clive Cox in The Coventry Stakes. In 2019, Blue Point claimed the Group 1 sprint-double in a sensational Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
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