Royal Ascot Runners
Royal Ascot is the pinnacle of the Flat season. Racing fans, socialisers and families show up in force to make the five-day meeting one of the most attended and widely anticipated events of the calendar year.
Add to that the balmy British summer weather and the fact that the Queen and members of the Royal Family parade before racing, and the attraction of Royal Ascot has gone through the roof. We haven’t even mentioned the star horses that grace the Berkshire turf.
Which horses are running at Royal Ascot 2020?
With a range of different race types on the Royal Ascot race card, each year we see both new and old Royal Ascot runners at the festival. There are many 2 year-old Royal Ascot races so horses running in these contests will be new to the meeting as all racehorses start their careers at this age.
However, there are plenty of Royal Ascot horses that return year-after-year and compete in Royal Ascot races the following season. A recent example of this is the 2018 and 2019 Ascot Gold Cup winner – Stradivarius – who returned to Royal Ascot in 2019 to successfully defend his Gold Cup crown.
Sprinting horses tend to have a slightly longer racing life span, so races like the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, King’s Stand and Commonwealth Cup are other Royal Ascot races that we tend to see horses that have run at the meeting in the past too. The Charles-Hills-trained Battaash, who was runner-up in the 2018 and 2019 King’s Stand Stakes, is a recent example of this.
Royal Ascot 2020 – Royal Ascot Runners
Below you’ll find a list of Royal Ascot Runners leading up to Ascot 2020. As we draw ever nearer to the 2020 Ascot meet, in June 2020, the Ascot race cards will become clearer and we will know which entries will be running for the main races like the Royal Ascot Gold Cup, King’s Stand Stakes, Diamond Jubilee Stakes and the Commonwealth Stakes.
*Odds at time of publishing. All odds are subject to change.
Royal Ascot 2019 Gold Cup Results
Stradivarius wins the Royal Ascot Gold Cup 2019, making it back to back victories.
- Stradivarius (L. Dettori) (1/1F)
- Dee Ex Bee (S. De Sousa) (7/2)
- Master of Reality (W. M. Lordan) (66/1)
- Cross Counter (J. Doyle) (4/1)
- Flag of Honour (R. L. Moore) (11/1)
Royal Ascot Runners Entries
Horses are entered into Royal Ascot races throughout the year. However, some races have early cut-off points and therefore the vast majority of those entered don’t participate once the races come round.
St James’ Palace Stakes
A Group 1 contest that is run over a mile, which is usually used as a stepping stone for horses who participated in the 2,000 Guineas in May. Between eight and 12 runners normally line up.
Prince Of Wales’s Stakes
Run over a mile and two furlongs, the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes is the headline contest on day two of Royal Ascot and has been won by a number of smart middle-distance three-year-olds. Again, a small field tends to go to post.
The Gold Cup
Race for the stayers. Won by Stradivarius for the last two years, the Ascot Gold Cup is the first leg of the stayers’ Triple Crown and a reasonably large field contends the prize.
The Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes
Run over 1m4f, this race has been won by a number of smart four- and five-year-olds in recent years, some of whom have gone on to compete in races like the German St Leger. Big fields are the order of the day.
A Listed race for two-year-old that kicks off the final day of Royal Ascot. It is open to horses whose sire won over further than a mile and a furlong, so that normally means the Chesham draws the smallest field of the juvenile races at the meeting.
What horses are running at Ascot?
Royal Ascot is a five-day festival for the best Flat racehorses on the planet. From five-furlong speedballs to stamina-laden stayers, the top thoroughbreds come to prove their abilities on the biggest stage of all.
Is Ascot cancelled?
A decision of whether Royal Ascot goes ahead is yet to be made. It isn’t set to take place until mid-June, so the verdict can be delayed until closer to the time.
What is the best day to go to Ascot?
All five days of Royal Ascot are fantastic viewing spectacles. If you want to dress to impress, make sure you go on Thursday – Ladies’ Day. The most popular days to go are Friday and Saturday.
Is racing at Ascot on today?
Ascot race throughout the year, with Flat racing taking centre stage in the spring and summer, while jumps racing gets the go ahead in the autumn and winter. Check the BHA racing fixture list or Ascot website for more details.
What time is the last race at Ascot on Saturday?
The last race on each day of Royal Ascot is at 5.35pm.
Why is it called Royal Ascot?
The Ascot week became a Royal meeting in 1911. It has been regularly attended by the Queen and other members of the British Royal Family since.