Royal Ascot


Royal Ascot is a five day festival of thoroughbred flat racing that comes with both the seal of royal approval and an extraordinarily well-tailored crowd.

What Royal Ascot 2024
Where Ascot Racecourse,
When 18-22 June 2024

Inaugurated in 1911, it is always attended by members of the Royal Family and features at least one Group 1 horse race every single day.

The racing begins on Tuesday, June 18th 2024, and will run until Saturday the 22nd of June. The festival attracts more than 300,000 punters; making it the biggest and most popular horse racing meeting in Europe.

Ascot Racecourse is located in Berkshire, just six miles from Windsor Castle. The event is a society highlight, renowned for ‘Ladies Day’, where a strict dress code is in force. Don’t forget to bring your top hat.

At MansionBet, we have ample coverage of each and every from across the five days. No dress code necessary. Just make sure you check out the Mansion Bet blog ahead of the Royal festival.

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Royal Ascot Races

Day 1: The Queen Anne Stakes Day

Tuesday, June 18 2024

The Queen Anne Stakes Day at Royal Ascot gets the festival off to a flying start. It’s the first Group 1 race of the festival and is named in honour of the original founder of Ascot Racecourse: Queen Anne.

For any trainer, winning a Group 1 race is the ultimate goal. The stud value of the thoroughbred is likely to increase dramatically. The races are often referred to as Black Type races. This is because the winning horse will have its name printed in bold type, if it appears in a sales catalogue.

Start Time (GMT) Race
14:30 The Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1)
15:05 The Coventry Stakes (Group 2)
15:40 The King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1)
16:20 The St. James’ Palace Stakes (Group 1)
17:00 The Ascot Stakes (Handicap)
17:35 The Wolferton Stakes (Listed)
18:10 The Copper Horse Stakes

For more information check out the expert tips and previews for day 1.

Day 2: The Prince of Wales’s Stakes Day

Wednesday, June 19 2024

The key race on Day two at Royal Ascot is the Royal Hunt Cup. This one mile flat handicap race is for horses aged three years or older. The prize is one of three perpetual trophies at the meeting, as well as the Queen’s Vase and the Gold Cup. MansionBet will have odds on this potentially thrilling race.

Start Time (GMT) Race
15:05 The Queen’s Vase (G2)
15;40 The Duke of Cambridge Stakes (G2)
16:20 The Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1)
17:00 The Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap)
17:35 The Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed)
18:10 The Kensington Palace Stakes (Handicap)

For more information check out the expert tips and previews for day 2.

Day 3: Gold Cup Day (Ladies’ Day)

Thursday, June 20 2024

Officially, day three at Royal Ascot is Gold Cup Day. However, since 1823, it has been known as Ladies’ Day. This is where the punters are often paying more attention to the elegantly dressed colts and fillies in the stand than those making their way around the track.

Once you’ve got over the fashion overload, and stopped counting the top hats, you can focus on the oldest race at Royal Ascot. The Gold Cup was first run in 1807. It’s a Group 1 race for horses of four years and older, run over a lengthy two mile, four furlongs, distance; it’s a race for ‘stayers’.

Start Time (GMT) Race
14;00 The Norfolk Stakes (G2)
15:05 The King George V Stakes (Handicap)
15:40 The Ribblesdale Stakes (G2)
16:15 The Gold Cup (Group 1)
17:00 The Britannia Stakes (Handicap)
17:35 The Hampton Court Stakes (G3)
18:10 The Buckingham Palace Stakes (Handicap)

For more information check out the expert tips and previews for day 3.

Day 4: The Commonwealth Cup

Friday, June 21 2024

The highlight of day four at Royal Ascot is the Commonwealth Cup. The race was inaugurated only in 2015 and is the third Group 1 sprint at the festival. The race is run over six furlongs and is restricted to three-year-olds. The goal: to create better opportunities for high class sprinters. Expect some closely fought racing and great betting action.

Start Time (GMT) Race
14;30 The Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes (Handicap)
15:05  The Commonwealth Cup (Group 1)
15:40 The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap)
16:20 The Coronation Stakes (Group 1)
17:00 The Sandringham Stakes (Handicap)
17:35 The King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2)
18:10 The Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes (Handicap)

For more information check out the expert tips and previews for day 4.

Day 5: The Diamond Jubilee Stakes Day

Saturday, June 22 2024

The final day at Royal Ascot plays host to the Group 1 Platinum Jubilee Stakes. First run in 1868, since 2015 it has been a sprint for four-year-olds and upwards. The three-year-olds now compete in the Commonwealth Cup.

Other big races on day five are the Grade 2 Hardwicke Stakes and the Grade 3 Jersey Stakes. Make sure you keep across all of the action with us at Mansion Bet.

Start Time (GMT) Race
14:30 The Chesham Stakes (Listed)
15:06 The Jersey Stakes (Group 3)
15:41 The Hardwicke Stakes (G2)
16:20 The Platinum Jubilee Stakes (Group 1)
17:00 The Wokingham Stakes (Handicap)
17:35 The Golden Gates Stakes (Handicap)
18:10 The Queen Alexandra Stakes (Handicap)

For more information check out the expert tips and previews for day 5.

Ascot Racecourse

Ascot Racecourse is more than 300 years old and one of the most important racecourses in the United Kingdom for both flat and jump racing.

Only six miles from Windsor Castle, it has close associations with the Royal Family. Not least because it was founded by Queen Anne in 1711, who declared the area “ideal for horses to gallop at full stretch”.

Every year, it hosts 13 of Britain’s 36 annual Group 1 horse races. These races are fiercely fought competitions between the best thoroughbred horses in the world.

More than 700,000 people visit Ascot every year. The right-handed course is just over one mile, six furlongs long, with a difficult 73-foot climb from the lowest point to the highest.

Enclosures and Dress Code

Royal Enclosure

Only the very elite get the chance to glimpse inside the hallowed bastion that is the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot. To enter, you need a letter of recommendation from at least two people who have been members for a minimum of four years. You then patiently await your notice of acceptance. Dress code is strict. For men: a black or grey morning dress, complete with waistcoat and top-hat. For ladies: a formal dress; nothing strapless, above the knee or longer. Compulsory hat with a 10 cm base. No fascinators.

Queen Anne Enclosure

Not as exclusive as the Royal Enclosure but at the heart of the racing action. The Queen Anne Enclosure has its own lawns and terraces, situated on the ground floor of the main Grandstand. The surrounding lawns host bands, bars, and food concessions, as well as uncompromised views of the winning post and the final furlongs of every race. The dress code is slightly less formal. Ladies must wear a hat, headpiece, or fascinator at all times, as well as a formal dress, trouser suit, or jumpsuit. For the men, it’s a matching suit and a shirt and tie at all times; no cravats or bow ties permitted.

Village Enclosure

If you still want to lord and lady it up at Royal Ascot, but you are on a budget and you’ve spent all your royal favours, the Village Enclosure could be the perfect option. Inaugurated in 2017, there are great views of the racing as well as plenty of food and drink options. The enclosure is situated on the inside of the race track opposite the grandstand. Perfect for the younger race goer who wants to experience the Royal Ascot vibe and party at the same time. The dress code here is even more relaxed but ladies are still expected to wear a hat and dress. Gentlemen should all be wearing a suit, hat, and tie.

Heath Enclosure

If you want to dine al fresco, save your money for betting, and give all the food and drink concessions the swerve, head for the Heath Enclosure. You can bring a picnic and a bottle of champagne. There is food and drink available but the highlight is being located in the centre of Ascot Racecourse; the perfect spot to enjoy the action. Visitors are encouraged to wear smart clothes. No replica sports shirts are permitted.

Windsor Enclosure

On a beautiful sunny day, this is a great spot to do a little bit of Royal watching and cheer on the horses. Renowned for its vibrant atmosphere and hoards of happy picnickers, the Windsor Enclosure is perfect for the punter who’s a little challenged in the wardrobe department. There is no dress code but make an effort, to make the most of the day.

Private Boxes at Royal Ascot

Embrace your inner royalty with a private box at Royal Ascot. There are scores of different package deals on offer that combine world class flat horse racing with a set lunch, champagne, canapés, a private bar, and your own exclusive view of the track.

Private boxes range in capacity from 10 people right up to 72. You can choose from three different private box packages: Silver, Gold, and Platinum. The Silver Package starts at £107 per person and includes a two course buffet. The Gold package starts at £167 and includes a three-course set menu and afternoon tea. Splash out for Platinum and you get a four-course dinner, champers, afternoon tea, and a free bar.

Betting facilities are within easy reach of all the boxes.



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