Royal Ascot Racecards

All 35 Royal Ascot races in one place, view the Royal Ascot racecards for each day of the festival

Royal Ascot Day 1 takes place on Tuesday 20th June 2023

Royal Ascot begins with a bang on Tuesday, June 20 as day one kickstarts Flat racing’s marquee summer meeting. If you’re struggling to work out who to bet on, check out our Royal Ascot day 1 tips from our top team of experts.

The Queen Anne Stakes, which reverts back to its traditional slot of opening the meeting this year, is typically won by the best older milers of the year, not only in Britain but from across the globe. The great Frankel cruised to victory in this in 2012, while similarly top miler Palace Pier. The winners typically go on to contest the best mile events internationally, including the QEII Stakes back at Ascot in October as well as the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

The Coventry Stakes is the first big juvenile contest not only of the week but of the season. Many of the champion two-year-olds have been victorious in the Group 2 over 6f, while some victors such as Dawn Approach went on to Classic glory the following year.

The King’s Stand Stakes gives the sprinters their first opportunity of the week and the 5f Group 1 has an illustrious roll of honour, including the likes of Battaash, Blue Point and Sole Power. Last year’s winner Oxted is already a doubt to defend his crown this year so a new sprinting star may emerge to try to topple him at the peak of the speedsters’ division.

The St James’s Palace Stakes is a Group 1 run over a mile on the round course and often throws up clashes between the best milers of the Classic generation. Restricted to three-year-olds only, the winners of the English, Irish and French 1,000 Guineas usually take each other on in a defining bout. Last year’s race was won by Poetic Flare, who had won the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket before finishing second in the Irish equivalent.

The Ascot Stakes is the first staying contest for the week as a handicap run over 2m4f. Jumps trainers have dominated this race in its recent history, with Willie Mullins (four times), Nicky Henderson Jonjo O’Neill and David Pipe – all top trainers in that sphere – successful in the last decade. It was not an outright jumps trainer who scooped the prize last year though, as Reshoun landed an almighty shock at 66-1 for Ian Williams.

The Wolferton Stakes has thrown up some top-class performers since it was switched from being a handicap in 2018. Addeybb was victorious in 2019 and has since gone on to win four Group 1s – three in Australia and the Champion Stakes at Ascot last year.

The Copper Horse Stakes was introduced to the meeting in 2020 and has retained its place for the prestigious meeting since. A Class 2 handicap run over 1m6f named after a statue of The Copper Horse, which is of King George III on horseback that signals the end of the Long Walk in the adjacent Great Windsor Park, last year’s running was won by 33-1 shot Amtiyaz for top jockey Hollie Doyle.

Royal Ascot Day 2 takes place on Wednesday 21st June 2023

Royal Ascot’s second day this year will take place on Wednesday, June 21. Check out our Royal Ascot day 2 tips if you do not know who to bet on.

The Queen Mary Stakes opens proceedings on the second day. A Group 2 over 5f for two-year-old fillies which was first run in 1921, US-based trainer Wesley Ward has a strong record in the race with three wins, but last year’s running went the way of Irish trainer Gavin Cromwell, who scored with Quick Suzy.

The Queen’s Vase has a strong history of producing top-class performers not only at staying trips but middle distances too. The Group 2 has been run over 1m6f since 2017 and was won by three-time Gold Cup hero Stradivarius that year. St Leger winner Kew Gardens triumphed a year later before Santiago, trained like Kew Gardens by Aidan O’Brien, scooped the prize in 2020 before going on to win the Irish Derby later in the month. Kemari landed the prize in 2021 for William Buick, Charlie Appleby and Godolphin.

The Duke of Cambridge Stakes was first run in 2004 as the Windsor Forest Stakes before switching to its current name in 2013, it is exclusively for older fillies and mares over a mile. Winners of the £100,000 race have gone on to land big-race fillies’ Group 1s later in the campaign such as Integral and while Lady Bowthorpe was beaten by Indie Angel last year, she went on to top-level glory in the Nassau Stakes.

The Prince of Wales’s Stakes is the feature of day two run over 1m2f as a Group 1 for four-year-olds and upwards. It typically throws up the best older horse of the middle-distance division, including Brigadier Gerard (1972), Bosra Sham (1997), Dubai Millenium (2000) and So You Think (2012). Last year it was the turn of dual Classic heroine Love to add another top-level win to her haul.. Established in 1862, it was named after Queen Victoria’s son, who became King Edward VII.

The Royal Hunt Cup is a cavalry charge handicap run over a mile and is one of the biggest betting events of the Flat season. The race gave the Queen her first Royal Ascot winner with Choir Boy in 1953 and she has won it twice more since. The contest was first run at the meeting in 1843.

The Windsor Castle Stakes is a Listed contest run over 5f for the two-year-olds. Wesley Ward made history in this when Strike The Tiger became the first US-trained winner at Royal Ascot in 2009 and was successful with Hootenanny five years later. Tactical won in 2020 to give the Queen her 53rd and latest Royal Ascot winner, while it was the turn of bargain buy Chipotle to win 12 months ago.

The Kensington Palace Stakes brings down the curtain on day two. Run over a mile on the round course, it is a handicap for fillies and mares from four-years-old upwards named after the palace which is set in Kensington Gardens and has been a residence for members of the royal family since the 17th century.

Royal Ascot Day 3, also known as Ladies Day, takes place on Thursday 22nd June 2023

Royal Ascot’s third day on June 22 is widely known as Ladies’ Day, but for racing enthusiasts it is the day where the top stayers take centre stage in the Ascot Gold Cup. If you don’t know who to bet on then check out our Royal Ascot day 3 tips.

The opening race this year will once again be the Norfolk Stakes. A 5f Group 2 for two-year-old colts, last year’s race unearthed one of the top juveniles for the season when Perfect Power narrowly scored. He would go on to win two Group 1’s, the Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes.

The King George V Stakes is a handicap for middle-distance three-year-olds, run over 1m4f. The race was transferred to Royal Ascot in 1948. One of the best-known recent winners was Brown Panther (2011), a homebred owned by former top footballer Michael Owen, and it frequently throws up a high-class staying type towards the end of the season. Surefire, the winner last year for Ralph Beckett and Hector Crouch, subsequently went on to continue his career in Australia. 

First run in 1919, the Ribblesdale Stakes is typically contested by three-year-old fillies who tasted defeat in the Epsom Oaks, but the race itself has thrown up some of the best of its generation too. The Group 2, run over 1m4f, has been won by three subsequent Group 1 winners in the last four runnings including Star Catcher, who went on to land the Irish Oaks in 2019.

The Ascot Gold Cup is the highlight of Thursday and arguably the feature of the whole meeting. Run over an extreme test of stamina of 2m4f, the Group 1 waswon by Stradivarius for the last three years, but he saw his crown and chance to emulate the great Yeats slip away last year when he could only finish fourth to Subjectivist.

The Britannia Stakes, a mile handicap for three-year-old colts and geldings, gives the best opportunity for the leading yards to strike with their Classic generation of horses who fall just shy of Group class. It can typically be a graveyard for punters, as shown by last year’s winner Perotto, who went off at 18-1.

The Hampton Court Stakes is a 1m2f Group 3 for three-year-old colts that has been won by Group 1 winners Cannock Chase (2014), Hawkbill (2016) and Benbatl (2017) previously. The highly-rated Mohaafeth was the winner last year before he went on to be highly-tried at the top-level.

The day concludes with the Buckingham Palace Stakes, which is run over 7f and is a fiercely competitive handicap for three-year-olds and upwards.

Royal Ascot Day 4 takes place on Friday 23rd June 2023

The fourth and penultimate day of Royal Ascot takes place on Friday, June 23. If you don’t know who to bet on then check out our Royal Ascot day 4 tips.

The Albany Stakes is a 6f Group 3 for two-year-old fillies and continually throws up the best female juveniles for the season. The last four winners of the race have all gone on to score at a higher level, including last year’s winner Sandrine.

Also known as the Ascot Derby, the King Edward VII Stakes is a Group 2 run over 1m4f for three-year-old colts. It has a tendency to throw up Group 1 stars, including Nathaniel (2011), Old Persian (2018) and Japan (2019) and last year’s running threw up the top-class performer Alenquer, who went on to finish second in the Juddmonte International later that season.

The Commonwealth Cup was only introduced back in 2015, but it has quickly established itself as a top contest of the meeting as a 6f Group 1 restricted to three-year-olds colts and fillies. Top sprinters like Muharaar, Caravaggio and Advertise have won this before, while there was drama last year when the Wesley Ward-trained Campanelle was promoted to first place ahead of Dragon Symbol following a controversial decision by the stewards.

The standout race on the Friday is the Coronation Stakes, a 1m Group 1 for three-year-old fillies that usually attracts the winners of the English, Irish and French 1,000 Guineas in a pulsating clash. Last year’s race produced one of the best milers on the track last season in Alcohol Free for Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy, who went on to back up her Royal Ascot win with success in the Sussex Stakes.

The Sandringham Stakes is a fiercely competitive handicap run over the straight mile which is restricted to three-year-old fillies only. Jockey Hayley Turner and trainer Charlie Fellowes have a fantastic record in the race, taking two of the last three runnings. Create Belief was an impressive first Royal Ascot winner as a trainer for Johnny Murtagh last year.

The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes is a 1m4f handicap for three-year-olds and above. Two heavily backed favourites obliged in 2018 and 2019, and after outsider Scarlet Dragon won it in 2020, normal service resumed when 7-2 favourite Quickthorn took the race last year.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes will once again be run as the final race. The 5f handicap for three-year-olds was run for the first time in 2020 at last year’s meeting when Art Power won before placing in two Group 1s later in the season. It has retained its place at the fixture after it was added in 2020 as part of the extended races at Royal Ascot due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Significantly was last year’s winner.

Royal Ascot Day 5 takes place on Saturday 24th June 2023

The final day of Royal Ascot takes place on Saturday, June 24. Like the first four days, there will be seven races on the card which begins with the Chesham Stakes, a 7f Listed race for two-year-olds that has produced Group 1 stars like Churchill (2016) and Pinatubo (2019). If you don’t know who to bet on then check out our Royal Ascot day 5 tips.

The Jersey Stakes is a Group 3 run over 7f for three-year-olds and typically features those who fall just short of Group 1 company. That has not stopped previous winners going on to achieve at that level, however, as Ribchester (2016) and Expert Eye (2018) both went on to achieve international success in top contests. Last year’s winner Creative Force went on to strike in that company too when an impressive winner of the British Champions Sprint back at this track in October.

The Hardwicke Stakes is a Group 2 run over 1m4f for four-year-olds and upwards. Sir Michael Stoute has a terrific record in the race winning it 11 times including with the likes of Crystal Ocean (2018), Telescope (2014) and Sea Moon (2012). The Stoute-trained Harbinger was the last horse to complete Hardwicke-King George double at the track in 2010, while Group 1 heroine Wonderful Tonight was victorious last year.

The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is a 6f Group 1 for horses four-years-old or older and one of the great global sprints in the racing calendar. It was elevated to Group 1 status in 2002 and is the meeting’s most prestigious sprint. It is also the final top-level event of the royal meeting. Blue Point, who had achieved the feat of winning the King’s Stand Stakes earlier in the week, completed a rare double when landing this in 2019. Dream Of Dreams had finished second in the race twice before he deservedly landed it in 2021.

The Wokingham Handicap is run over 6f for horses who are three-years-old or older. It is the oldest handicap at Royal Ascot having been first run in 1813. The fiercely contested contest is one of the betting heats of the week and the season. Last year, it provided one of the feelgood stories of the week when remarkable improver Rohaan stormed to glory.

Another race that has been retained since its inaugural running at Royal Ascot in 2020 is the Golden Gates Handicap, run over 1m2f and restricted to three-year-olds. Foxes Tales was an impressive winner in 2021, when the race was switched to its current slot on the Saturday.

The final race of Royal Ascot is the Queen Alexandra Stakes, which is run over the marathon trip of 2m6f and is a conditions race restricted to older horses. It is not only the longest race of the meeting but also the longest contest in Flat racing. Brown Jack, one of Royal Ascot’s greatest performers, won this race six times in a row between 1929 and 1934. The jumps trainers unsurprisingly do well in this race nowadays and Willie Mullins added another major festival winner to his name when scoring with Stratum in 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many races are there at Royal Ascot?

There are a total of 35 races at Royal Ascot in 2023. 

What is the big race at Royal Ascot?

The most valuable race at Royal Ascot is the Ascot Gold Cup, staged on Thursday 22nd June at 3:35pm. It is the most premium staying race in the racing calendar and has been won by legends such as

How many group 1 races at Royal Ascot?

There are 8 Group 1 races at Royal Ascot. These top-class races attract the very best racehorses from both sides of the Irish sea and are among the most valuable races on offer.