Welcome to your complete guide to Royal Ascot. Royal Ascot is a must-watch for dedicated and casual fans of racing — and placing bets on the outcome is a tradition for millions of people.
Every year, Royal Ascot brings around 300,000 people together in celebration of an annual tradition dating back centuries. Along with the Grand National, Royal Ascot is one of the most important fixtures in the racing year, appealing to people of all sporting tastes. Just check the Royal Ascot Race Card for each race and you’ll see the calibre of horse racing at this festival.
Top hats and tails, plus fashion galore are always the talk of Royal Ascot each year, but there is also the small matter of some top-class horse racing to enjoy too!
Staged at Ascot racecourse, The Royal Ascot Meeting is now spread over five days (Tues-Sat). With six races each day, that means there are a total of 30 Royal Ascot races to take in over the meeting.
Royal Ascot 2021 will be held Tuesday June 15th to Saturday June 19th.
The Ascot racecourse itself has deep roots stretching back to a day in 1711, when Queen Anne herself was out riding beyond Windsor Castle. She stumbled upon a large open area, and imagined watching horses racing there. From that moment on, the wheels were set in motion, and the first race took place in August of that year.
Around 300,000 people will descend on the Royal Ascot racecourse each year over the five days – on average around 50-60 thousand people every day. Ladies Day, on Ascot Thursday, is deemed to be the most popular of the Royal Ascot five days, with high fashion often grabbing the headlines in the media. An estimated worldwide audience of over 600 million people will tune in to watch on TV. With a Royal Procession held before each days racing, the meeting picks up plenty of extra media attention, while it’s always a social event that attracts the rich and famous.
Our site contains everything you need to know about this prestigious horse racing festival. It is one of the highlights of the sporting year. The four-and-a-half mile marathon event captures the imagination of millions of watchers around the world. It has an ability to consistently produce thrilling finishes and stories of brushing shoulders with the British Royal Family.
Royal Ascot Betting Tips
With a total of 19 Group races from the 30 Royal Ascot races then the quality of horse racing is top class – meaning these races, and the huge prize money (approx. £7million over the meeting), attracts some of the best racehorses from around the world.
Year-after-year the Ascot Race Cards show past champions return too, while with many 2 year-old juvenile races too then racing fans also get the chance to see some of the stars of the future strutting their stuff.
Top jockey – Frankie Dettori – is always a big draw at the meeting and it’s a venue that the pocket Italian has made his second home during his long career. Frankie has ridden Stradivarius, who has won the last two runnings of the Ascot Gold Cup, to success at the meeting in recent years, while in 2019 he gave bookmakers a real fright by winning the first four races on Ladies Day.
Royal Ascot Top Jockey and Trainer
Top jockey and top trainer Royal Ascot betting markets have also become more popular in recent years. In the event of a tie, then those jockeys or trainers’ seconds, third and sometimes fourth place finishes will be taken into account to get a winner.
With over 70 Royal Ascot winners then trainer Sir Michael Stoute is always a popular choice in the ‘top Royal Ascot trainers’ betting market, while other powerful yards like John Gosden and Aidan O’Brien also figure high up the list on Ascot race cards.
Frankie Dettori always has a good book of Royal Ascot rides each year and will again be popular in the betting for the 2021 Royal Ascot top jockey, while former champion jockey – Ryan Moore, who rides most of the big Aidan O’Brien horses, is another pilot that will be popular in this market. James Doyle and William Buick, who both have the backing of the Godolphin operation are other jockeys to note at Royal Ascot.
Betting Royal Ascot – An International Event
In recent year the Royal Ascot meeting has attracted more interest from around the world and is now streamed live to many big racing countries around the world – like America, Australia, France and Japan.
This worldwide interest has also meant that we see more internationally-trained horses making the trip over to try and win one of the famous Royal Ascot races.
In recent years, we’ve had many winners from America, France and Australia that have been successful at Royal Ascot.
Where to watch 2021 Royal Ascot – Live Streaming
The 2021 Royal Ascot Meeting will be viewed by millions each year across the globe. The five-day meeting now attracts horses from all over the world and that means racing fans from those countries – like America, Australia, France and Japan, will want to see how their horses run at Royal Ascot.
With technology at its best, there are also now many ways to watch the races at Royal Ascot. Yes, the horse racing will attract the main TV viewers, but with added sub plots like the Royal Procession and high fashion having a big role at every Royal Ascot meeting this widens the appeal to non-horseracing fans around the world too.
How can you live stream the 2021 Royal Ascot Meeting? Watch the Royal Ascot action live on ITV, Attheraces or find a bookmaker that lets you watch live race streams from their Ascot race cards.
For those wanting to see this magnificent event live, we have all of the information you’ll need to make the most of your visit to Ascot, including information on getting to Ascot, ticket details, and a summary of all of the enclosures and facilities, many of which have been significantly upgraded in recent seasons.
Betting on Royal Ascot 2021
The five-day Royal Ascot card is also one of the most popular 2021 betting fixtures on the British horse racing calendar.
As well as searching out the best prices at Royal Ascot, the bookmakers will also have other Royal Ascot betting deals to look for.
For example, some bookmakers might refund Royal Ascot bets if your horse finishes second in certain races. While another popular offer with some Royal Ascot bookmakers is to reward extra places on the Ascot race cards of the big-field handicap races. You may even be lucky enough to find some Ascot free bets!
With several Royal Ascot races having 20+ runners then if these are handicap races the normal place terms are just 4 places. Many bookmakers will offer enhanced places, with payout on the horses that finish fifth, sixth or even seventh in certain races.
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