As the premier flat meeting in Britain, Royal Ascot is watched by millions. The royal meeting is available to watch in 650 million homes and is bet on many of those people around the planet. Royal Ascot, truly, is a global event.

How Can I Live Stream the 2021 Royal Ascot?

Royal Ascot Live

Royal Ascot Live

  1. Watch the Royal Ascot action live on ITV Racing – both on the main channel and on ITV4.
  2. Watch every Royal Ascot race live
  3. Find a bookmaker offering live streaming of Royal Ascot online. When you open a new account, check on whether you need to place a bet on each race or simply have a funded account (read T&C’s), then watch the race live from just before post time.

Royal Ascot is at the very peak of flat racing in Europe. Millions tune in worldwide to watch five days of terrific racing, as well as to keep up to track with the royal movements and some wonderful fashion.

Whatever your reason for tuning in, the excellent coverage provided by ITV has what you need.

In 2020, despite the lack of crowds and atmosphere, Royal Ascot’s audience share continued to grow on ITV. An average of 980,000 tuned in daily to the meeting, with a peak of some 1.8 million watching from home.

Royal Ascot in June is the height of both the horse racing and the social season. While only limited numbers can attend in person, every racing fan wants to be involved from afar. To this end, ITV  does a great job of keeping everyone abreast of the action on and off the track.

The beauty of Royal Ascot is that it is not only horse racing fans who tune in. Across all five days, fashion lovers and royalists also consider this to be their favourite week. Royal Ascot simply appeals to so many demographics, so it’s only right that it gets such wide TV coverage.

How Can I Watch Royal Ascot 2021?

As well as both terrestrial and satellite TV, there are other easy ways to watch Royal Ascot. Many bookmakers offer live streaming of each race. Sometimes a small bet of 50p or £1 is needed on the race in question, while others simply ask you to have a funded account.

ITV viewers do not need to be near their TV’s either. Via ITV Player, available on desktop and mobile, you can watch Royal Ascot on the move.

If you live in the UK, then Royal Ascot coverage is high quality and free. ITV have a long-term deal to broadcast the meeting, meaning as long as you have a TV licence then all you need to do is switch on, tune in to ITV or ITV4, sit back and enjoy.

For those who just want wall-to-wall racing rather than anything fancy. There are specialist racing channels which cover all races at Ascot, including at the royal meeting. Top-class previews and analysis are available, as well as live coverage of each race with excellent commentary.

ITV does have some game when it comes to previews too. The Opening Show is shown live every day of Royal Ascot. The early morning show gives you the latest news surrounding the meeting, as well as tips and analysis..

If you’re in the USA, live coverage is still available. Just as with their own big domestic races such as the Kentucky Derby.

Royal Ascot Live

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Can I Watch Ascot For Free?

The simple answer is, yes.

ITV’s coverage is available to all, including via their streaming service ITV Hub.

A sports package is no longer needed to access this coverage. As long as you have any satellite package.

ITV will cover most of the day’s action live either on the main channel, or on ITV4. The team is on hand for all five days of the meeting, with the Hub allowing you to replay the coverage whenever you like.

Can I Live Stream Royal Ascot?

As the world moves increasingly online, both the betting and watching angles of Royal Ascot are also heading that way more and more every year.

Most of our wagers are placed online now, with the top bookmakers also offering live streaming of the event. Rarely is the coverage totally free, so check the bookmaker’s conditions, but often just a funded account or a small 50p bet is required on a race in order to watch it.

If you can’t be near your TV and don’t want to watch online, there are still ways to keep up with the action at Royal Ascot. High street bookmakers carry live TV coverage of all races, as long as countrywide restrictions are not in place.

Catching Up on the Action ‘On Demand’

Even with all of the options available, sometimes it just isn’t possible to see each race live. We all have work to do after all.

Full race replays from Royal Ascot can be found on many websites. If all you need to see is the finish to each race, check out the above accounts on Twitter for easy access.

Royal Ascot Full TV Schedule

Tuesday – ITV/ITV4

2:30 – Queen Anne Stakes (1m, Group 1, 4yo+)
3:05 – Coventry Stakes (6f, Group 2, 2yo)
3:40 – King’s Stand Stakes (5f, Group 1, 3yo+)
4:20 – St James’s Palace Stakes (1m, Group 1, 3yo)
5:00 – Ascot Stakes Handicap (2m4f, 4yo+)
5:35 – Wolferton Stakes (1m2f, Listed, 4yo+)
6:10 – Copper Horse Stakes Handicap (1m6f, 4yo+)

Wednesday – ITV/ITV4

2:30 – Queen Mary Stakes (5f, Group 2, 2yo)
3:05 – Queen’s Vase (1m6f, Group 2, 3yo)
3:40 – Duke of Cambridge Stakes (1m, Group 2, 4yo+)
4:20 – Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1m2f, Group 1, 4yo+)
5:00 – Royal Hunt Cup Handicap (1m, 4yo+)
5:35 – Windsor Castle Stakes (5f, Listed, 2yo)
6:10 – Kensington Palace Stakes Handicap (1m, 4yo+)

Thursday – ITV/ITV4

2:30 – Norfolk Stakes (5f, Group 2, 2yo)
3:05 – Hampton Court Stakes (1m2f, Group 3, 3yo)
3:40 – Ribblesdale Stakes (1m4f, Group 2, 3yo)
4:20 – Gold Cup (2m4f, Group 1, 4yo+)
5:00 – Britannia Stakes Handicap (1m, 3yo)
5:35 – King George V Stakes Handicap (1m4f, 3yo)
6:10 – Buckingham Palace Stakes Handicap (7f, 3yo+)

Friday – ITV/ITV4

2:30 – Albany Stakes (6f, Group 3, 2yo)
3:05 – King Edward VII Stakes (1m4f, Group 2, 3yo)
3:40 – Commonwealth Cup (6f, Group 1, 3yo)
4:20 – Coronation Stakes (1m, Group 1, 3yo)
5:00 – Sandringham Stakes Handicap (1m, 3yo)
5:35 – Duke of Edinburgh Stakes Handicap (1m4f, 3yo+)
6:10 – Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes Handicap (5f, 3yo)

Saturday – ITV/ITV4

2:30 – Chesham Stakes (7f, Listed, 2yo)
3:05 – Jersey Stakes (7f, Group 3, 3yo)
3:40 – Hardwicke Stakes (1m4f, Group 2, 4yo+)
4:20 – Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6f, Group 1, 4yo+)
5:00 – Wokingham Stakes Handicap (6f, 4yo+)
5:35 – Golden Gates Stakes Handicap (1m2f, 3yo)
6:10 – Queen Alexandra Stakes (2m5f, Conditions, 4yo+)


All you need to know about the greatest flat turf racing meeting in the world.

When is Royal Ascot?

Royal Ascot 2021 kicks off on Tuesday, June 15th. It runs for five full days of racing until Saturday, June 19th.

What Time do the 2021 Royal Ascot Races Start?

The first race on each day is set to go off at 2.30 pm. Post time for the final day of what is now an extended meeting is 6.10 pm.

Does In-play Betting Exist Within Horse Racing?

In this case, it is known as ‘in-running’ betting and it is very popular.

Can I Bet After the Race Has Started?

Yes. You may not have much time, but you can bet in-running with many bookmakers..

How Can I Watch Royal Ascot Live?

The first five races each day are shown on ITV Racing, either on their main channel or on ITV4. Live streaming is also available with a number of top bookmakers.

What Channel is Royal Ascot On?

ITV and ITV4 carry terrestrial coverage in the UK.

However, If You Still Can’t Beat Watching The Royal Ascot Action In Person – Why Not Go To The Track?!

Yes, we’ve talked about how to watch the 2021 Royal Ascot Meeting on the TV, in a betting shop, on your phone or on a tablet – but this time you’ll need to wait to watch Royal Ascot in person. Check out how to get Royal Ascot Tickets here.

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