Royal Ascot - At The Races

Royal Ascot Course Guide

Famous worldwide for its June meeting, ‘Royal Ascot’ is the most prestigious fixture in the UK Flat racing calendar. The meeting includes eight Group 1 races, ranging in distance from the five-furlong King’s Stand Stakes to the two and a half mile Gold Cup, which spearhead five days of top-class racing comprising prestigious pattern races and historic handicaps such as the Royal Hunt Cup and Wokingham Stakes. With a Flat calendar that is further-bolstered by the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes in late July and British Champions Day in mid-October, no other racecourse stages a comparable level in terms of quality racing.

Flat Racing

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The round course is a right-handed, triangular circuit of fourteen furlongs, with a run-in of 2½ furlongs. There is a straight mile course and the Old mile course which joins the round course in Swinley Bottom. Despite the downhill run into Swinley Bottom and relatively short run-in from the final turn, Ascot is galloping in character. Since the redevelopment, the turn into the straight has become more sweeping and those ridden prominently can be difficult to peg back. Nowadays, the ground in the straight drains quicker than the rest of the course, meaning going descriptions can vary.

Because the run-in on Ascot’s round course is relatively short, positioning - jockeyship in other words - is key. It goes without saying that in steadily-run races you want to be towards the sharp end but, whatever the pace, you can get into trouble trying to come through rivals late on. We’re still learning about the straight course, following the relaying a few years back, but in my view it’s more pace-dependent than draw-dependent. Given the right pace to chase, I reckon you can win from anywhere.

View from the saddle: Jason WeaverJason Weaver


14:30 Chesham Stakes (Listed)

(Class 1) (7f)
emerald green, mauve cap (Chasemore Farm)
  • Winner: Arthur Kitt
  • Jockey: R Kingscote
  • Trainer: Tom Dascombe
  • Owner: Chasemore Farm

15:05 Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2)

(Class 1) (1m 3f 211y)
Dark blue, yellow cap (Sir Evelyn De Rothschild)
  • Winner: Crystal Ocean
  • Jockey: R L Moore
  • Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute
  • Owner: Sir Evelyn De Rothschild

15:40 Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed)

(Class 1) (5f)
Grey (Clipper Logistics)
  • Winner: Soldier's Call
  • Jockey: D Tudhope
  • Trainer: Archie Watson
  • Owner: Clipper Logistics

16:20 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

(Class 1) (6f)
Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap (Merchant Navy Synd/smith/magnier/tabor)
  • Winner: Merchant Navy
  • Jockey: R L Moore
  • Trainer: A P O'Brien
  • Owner: Merchant Navy Synd/smith/magnier/tabor

17:00 Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap)

(Class 2) (6f)
Pink and purple (quartered), halved sleeves (G P M Morland,d J Erwin,john G S Woodm)
  • Winner: Bacchus
  • Jockey: Jim Crowley
  • Trainer: B J Meehan
  • Owner: G P M Morland,d J Erwin,john G S Woodm

17:35 Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions Race)

(Class 2) (2m 5f 143y)
CLARET, GOLD braid, CLARET sleeves, GOLD cap (Qatar Racing Limited)
  • Winner: Pallasator
  • Jockey: J P Spencer
  • Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Qatar Racing Limited

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