Every year, there are two major reasons to look forward to the Thursday of Royal Ascot. This is not only Gold Cup Day, but Ladies Day too.

In 2021, Ladies Day is staged on Thursday, June 17 which is the third day of this prestigious meeting. Over the course of the five days of the royal meeting fashion is key, and never more so than on this day.

We have a complete guide for 2021 Royal Ascot Ladies Day. Find out the race schedule, past winners and race winning trends.

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Royal Ascot Ladies Day 2021

It’s true that everyone dresses to the nines throughout Royal Ascot. But, on Ladies Day, this is where sartorial elegance reaches its peak.

Millions watch around the world to get a glimpse not only of the horses, but of what everyone is wearing. The suits, the hats, the fascinators. Everything fashion related is discussed just as much as who will win the Gold Cup.

The quality on the racetrack is hardly bad either. Once again, the day starts with no less than four Group races including the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup. These are swiftly followed by one of the best betting races and one of the toughest to solve – The Britannia Stakes.

Despite this being Ladies Day, men’s fashion has also kicked up a gear or two in recent times. Men are more flamboyant, supplementing their morning suits with colourful and up-to-date accessories.

There is a strong celebrity angle here too. Follow the cameras around the Royal Enclosure and you’ll see plenty from the worlds of TV and film, sport, music and even politics showing off their fashion sense.

Although midweek, it’s hardly surprising that of the five Royal Ascot days Thursday is the one with the biggest crowd. At least when there are no restrictions in place. Those spectating can choose from the Royal Enclosure, Queen Anne Enclosure, Windsor Enclosure or the Village.

For more, check out our Royal Ascot Enclosures Guide Here.

Royal Ascot Ladies Day

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What Is The Royal Ascot Ladies Day Dress Code?

Even aside from an official dress code, this is high-profile stuff and you want to look good! Making a real effort in the fashion stakes is crucial on what is the social highlight of the year.

Up-to-date fashion, Ascot hats and sheer elegance are the buzz words here. On Ladies Day at Ascot, that applies to both men and women.

The dress code depends to a degree on where your tickets are for. To check out the dress code for each enclosure, take a look at our Royal Ascot Dress Code Guide Here.

How Much Do Royal Ascot Ladies Day Tickets Cost?

Once more, this depends on which enclosure you manage to get into. Prices for the Royal Enclosure are naturally the most expensive, the Windsor Enclosure and the Village being at the cheaper end of the scale. We have more on ticket prices for Ladies Day at Royal Ascot.

Ladies Day Races

The day starts with Britain and Ireland’s very fastest juveniles showing their speed in the five-furlong, Group 2 Norfolk Stakes. While we should always be on the lookout for whatever Aidan O’Brien runs, up-and-coming handler George Boughey is proving to be excellent with precocious two-year-olds too.

The Hampton Court Stakes is next for the three-year-old generation. This is a race which often attracts horses form the Derby who weren’t good enough, or didn’t stay the distance.

Things are cranked up a notch in the third. The Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes is essentially Ascot’s Oaks. Here, the three-year-old fillies run over a mile-and-a-half with crack Newmarket trainers John Gosden and Sir Michael Stoute always dangerous.

The it’s time for the big one. The Gold Cup is run over a mammoth two-and-a-half miles for the older horses. This race goes a long way to crowning the season’s champion stayer. For the past few years, that champion has been Stradivarius and the great horse is back to look for an incredible fourth straight Gold Cup win.

The Britannia Stakes is a very tough handicap. It is for the three-year-olds, so they’re all lightly raced and still learning. The King George V is similar, only over 1½ miles rather than a mile, while the seven-furlong Buckingham Palace Stakes handicap gets the job of rounding off the day.

List of races on Royal Ascot Day 3

  1. 2:30pm – The Norfolk Stakes (Group 2)
  2. 3:05pm – The Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3)
  3. 3:40pm – The Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2)
  4. 4:20pm – The Gold Cup (Group 1)
  5. 5:00pm – The Britannia Stakes (Class 2 Handicap)
  6. 5:35pm – The King George V Stakes (Handicap)
  7. 6:10pm – The Buckingham Palace Stakes (Class 2 Handicap)

Royal Ascot Day Three Past Winners and Trends

Here we have a list of recent winners, starting prices and key trends for all Day 3 races.

Norfolk Stakes (Class 1 Group 2) 5f, 2yo

Norfolk Stakes Recent WinnersNorfolk Stakes Key Winners Trends (last 12 years)
2020 – The Lir Jet (9/2)12/12 were not favourite to win
2019 – A’Ali (5/1)12/12 had at least 1 run beforehand
2018 – Shang Shang Shang (5/1)10/12 ran in the last 34 days
2017 – Sioux Nation (14/1)9/12 won last time out
2016 – Prince Of Lir (8/1)9/12 were trained in Britain
2015 – Waterloo Bridge (12/1)9/12 had at least 1 run over 5 furlongs
2014 – Baitha Alga (8/1)8/12 were in the top 3 in the betting

Hampton Court Stakes (Class 1 Group 3) 1m2f, 3yo

Hampton Court Stakes Recent WinnersHampton Court Stakes Key Winners Trends (last 12 years)
2020 – Russian Emperor (10/3)12/12 had at least 3 previous runs
2019 – Sangarius (13/2)12/12 had won at least once before
2018 – Hunting Horn (5/1)11/12 were officially rated 103+
2017 – Benbatl (9/2)10/12 had run in the last 35 days
2016 – Hawkbill (11/2)10/12 had at least 1 win over 1 1/4 miles
2015 – Time Test (15/8 fav)8/12 had at least 2 runs that season
2014 – Cannock Chase (7/4 fav)7/12 were in top 3 in the betting
2013 – Remote (9/4 fav)5/12 won last time out
2012 – Energizer (15/2)4/12 were favourites

Ribblesdale Stakes (Class 1 Group 2) 1m4f, 3yo fillies

Ribblesdale Stakes Recent WinnersRibblesdale Stakes Key Winners Trends (last 12 years)
2020 – Frankly Darling (11/8 F)12/12 ran within the last 48 days
2019 – Star Catcher (4/1)10/12 had at least 2 runs that season
2018 – Magic Wand (10/3)9/12 had at least 1 win that season
2017 – Coronet (9/1)9/12 were in the top 3 in betting
2016 – Even Song (15/8 fav)9/12 had at least 3 career runs
2015 – Curvy (9/2)9/12 were officially rated 95+
2014 – Bracelet (10/1)6/12 won last time out
2013 – Riposte (9/2)6/12 had at least 2 career wins
2012 – Princess Highway (17/2)6/12 had at least 1 Group 1
2011 – Banimpire (3/1 fav)4/12 were favourites
2010 – Hibaayeb (4/1 fav)4/12 had at least one run over 1 1/2 miles

Ascot Gold Cup (Class 1 Group 1 British Champions Series) 2m4f, 4yo+

Ascot Gold Cup Recent WinnersAscot Gold Cup Key Winners Trends (last 12 years)
2020 – Stradivarious (4/5 F)11/12 were aged 4-6
2019 – Stradivarius (1/1 F)11/12 raced within the last 53 days
2018 – Stradivarius (7/4 fav)11/12 had at least 1 run that season
2017 – Big Orange (5/1)10/12 had at least 8 career runs
2016 – Order Of St George (10/11 fav)10/12 had at least 5 career wins
2015 – Trip To Paris (12/1)9/12 were in the top 3 in the betting
2014 – Leading Light (10/11 fav)9/12 were officially rated 117+
2013 – Estimate (7/2 fav)8/12 were favourites (though this includes greats Yeats and Stradivarious)
2012 – Colour Vision (6/1)8/12 were winners last time out
2011 – Fame And Glory (11/8 fav)7/18 – Won by trainer Aidan O’Brien

Britannia Stakes (Class 2 Handicap) 1m, 3yo

Britannia Stakes Recent WinnersBritannia Stakes Key Winners Trends (last 12 years)
2020 – Khaloosy (9/2)12/12 had at least 1 career win
2019 – Biometric (28/1)11/12 were not favourites
2018 – Ostillo (10/1)11/12 had at least 1 run over a mile
2017 – Bless Him (25/1)11/12 had at least 3 career runs
2016 – Defrocked (13/2)11/12 had run at least twice that season
2015 – War Envoy (10/1)10/12 had run in the last 35 days
2014 – Born In China (14/1)10/12 had won at least once that season
2013 – Beauty Flame (20/1)9/12 carried 8st 13lbs or less
2012 – Fast Or Free (6/1 fav)9/12 were rated between 90 and 96
2011 – Sagramor (8/1)9/12 had at least 2 runs over a mile
2010 – Ransom Note (9/1)6/12 were last time out winners
2009 – Fareer (20/1)4/12 were in the top 3 in the betting

King George V Stakes (Class 2 Handicap) 1m4f, 3yo

King George V Stakes (Handicap) Recent WinnersKing George V Stakes (Handicap) Key Winners Trends (last 12 years)
2020 – Hukum (12/1)11/12 had run within the last 40 days
2019 – South Pacific (22/1)11/12 had at least 3 career runs
2018 – Baghdad (9/1)11/12 ran at least twice that season
2017 – Atty Persse (7/1)10/12 had not yet won over 1 1/2 miles
2016 – Primitivo (13/2)10/12 had at least 1 career win
2015 – Space Age (9/1)9/12 were officially rated 88-94
2014 – Elite Army (4/1 jfav)8/12 won last time out
2013 – Elidor (20/1)8/12 won last time out
2012 – Fennell Bay (12/1)5/12 were in the top 3 in the betting

Buckingham Palace Stakes (Class 2 Handicap) 7f, 3yo+

Buckingham Palace Stakes Recent WinnersBuckingham Palace Stakes Key Winners Trends (last 7 runnings)
2020 – Motakhayyel (14/1)7/7 were not favourites
2014 – Louis The Pious (33/1)7/7 were priced at 12/1 or bigger
2013 – Lighting Cloud (25/1)6/7 had at least 3 or more career runs over 7 furlongs
2012 – Eton Forever (14/1)6/7 had at least 9 career runs
2011 – Manassas (12/1)6/7 ran within the last 41 days
2010 – Treadwell (14/1)6/7 had at least 2 runs that season
2009 – Giganticus (12/1)5/7 were aged 5 or 6

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