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Royal Ascot begins with a bang on Tuesday, June 15 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 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 last year’s running was won by the gutsy Circus Maximus. 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. Battaash is 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 Palace Pier, who went on to win the Prix Jacques le Marois later in the summer.
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. Alan King continued that fine record when winning this last year with Coeur De Lion.
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 last year and has retained its place for the prestigious meeting. 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, the inaugural running was won by subsequent Ebor hero Fujaira Prince.
Royal Ascot’s second day this year will take place on Wednesday, June 16. Check out our Royal Ascot day 2 tips if you do not know who to bet on.
Switched to the Saturday last year, 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, including with Campanelle last year.
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.
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 last year’s heroine Nazeef, who both won the Falmouth and Sun Chariot Stakes subsequently.
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). Lord North won last year’s race and he landed the Dubai Turf at Meydan earlier this season. 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 last year’s running to give the Queen her 53rd and latest Royal Ascot winner.
A new race which will culminate the second day of the meeting is the Kensington Palace Stakes. 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’s third day on June 17 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 be the Norfolk Stakes which returns to its traditional calendar spot this year. A 5f Group 2 for two-year-old colts, US trainer Wesley Ward tends to target this race with his speediest colts and has won this twice, but was narrowly denied last year with Golden Pal, who suffered a neck defeat to The Lir Jet.
The Hampton Court Stakes has also been brought back into its Thursday slot and 1m2f Group 3 for three-year-old colts has been won by Group 1 winners Cannock Chase (2014), Hawkbill (2016) and Benbatl (2017) previously. Russian Emperor was an impressive winner of the race last year for Aidan O’Brien before he was sold to race in Hong Kong.
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 has been won by Stradivarius for the last three years. He is on course to try and emulate the brilliant Yeats and equal the record of four straight victories in the contest.
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. Khaloosy ended a tricky run for punters when he became the shortest-priced winner of the race in the last decade.
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. Hukum, the winner last year, went on to finish fifth in the St Leger.
The day concludes with the Buckingham Palace Stakes, which was reinstated last year following a six-year hiatus and remains at the meeting. It is run over 7f and is a fiercely competitive handicap for three-year-olds and upwards.
The fourth and penultimate day of Royal Ascot takes place on Friday, June 18. 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 three winners of the race have all gone on to score at a higher level, including last year’s impressive six-length winner Dandalla.
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 produced the likeable Pyledriver last year, who caused a 20-1 shock under Martin Dwyer but proved that was no fluke by winning the Great Voltigeur Stakes later in the 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 Golden Horde struck last year for Clive Cox and Adam Kirby.
Another race returning to 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. Jessica Harrington and the Niarchos Family have a terrific recent record in the race having won the 2018 running with Alpha Centauri and last year’s contest with Alpine Star – a victory which saw Frankie Dettori complete a clean sweep of the royal meeting’s Group 1 races.
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 the last two runnings. Jamie Spencer and Frankie Dettori are the only other two jockeys to win the race since 2015.
The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes is a 1m4f handicap for three-year-olds and above. Two heavily backed favourites obliged in 2018 and 2019, but Scarlet Dragon caused a 33-1 shock last year which provided a historic first Royal Ascot winner for star jockey Hollie Doyle.
Day four will this year have the Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes run as the final race. The 5f handicap for three-year-olds was run for the first time at last year’s meeting where Art Power stormed to an impressive victory before winning a Group 3 and 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.
The final day of Royal Ascot takes place on Saturday, June 19. 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 ran 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.
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.
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, while last year saw jockey Kevin Stott record his first Group 1 win on Hello Youmzain.
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.
Another race that has been retained since its inaugural running at Royal Ascot last year is the Golden Gates Handicap, run over 1m2f and restricted to three-year-olds. It was run on the Thursday in 2020.
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 contested 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 Alan King took last year’s running with fantastic dual-purpose performer Who Dares Wins.
There are a total of 35 races at Royal Ascot in 2021.
The most valuable race at Royal Ascot is the Ascot Gold Cup, staged on Thursday 17th June at 3:35pm. It is the most premium staying race in the racing calendar and has been won by legends such as
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.