Royal Ascot Runners

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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.

Queen Anne Stakes Runners 2020 - Day 1

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King of Change flag

Race: Queen Anne Stakes /Day: Day 1 / Age: 4 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: R. Hannon
Last year as a 3 year old, the cold stepped up to come a convincing second in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. This success was added to with a win over heavy ground in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot last October. A strong young sprinter with a bright future.
KING OF CHANGE TO WIN 7/2*
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CIRCUS MAXIMUS flag

Race: Queen Anne Stakes /Day: Day 1 / Age: 4 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: A P O'Brien
Won by a neck in the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot 2019 in heavy rain. Ran a very close second at the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood in the same year. He won the Prix du Moulin over 1600 metres at Longchamp Racecourse by a hair but has a tendency to fade in the final moments of the race as seen at the Breeders Cup in California last year. After an early stumble, regained composure to take the lead before fading at the closing stages and eventually coming in 4th.
CIRCUS MAXIMUS TO WIN 8/1*
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BENBATL flag

Race: Queen Anne Stakes /Day: Day 1 / Age: 6 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: S. bin Suroor
After being given a long break in 2019, in his only other race of the year he started favourite for the Champion Stakes at Ascot in October but finished last of the sixteen runners in heavy conditions. In the 2019 World's Best Racehorse Rankings Benbatl was given a rating of 125, making him the ninth best racehorse in the world.
BENBATL TO WIN 10/1*

Kings Stand Stakes Runners 2020 - Day 1

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BATTAASH flag

Race: The King's Stand Stakes /Day: Day 1 / Age: 5 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: C. Hills
Battaash is the fastest sprinter in the world over five furlongs when he has conditions to suit. He has a tendency to throw in bad performances and his record of zero wins from three starts at Ascot is a concern. Having never won at Royal Ascot he’ll still be a firm favourite at the meeting if lining-up in 2020. Runner Up of the King’s Stand 2018 & 2019
BATTAASH TO WIN 3/1*
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GLASS SLIPPERS flag

Race: The King's Stand Stakes /Day: Day 1 / Age: 4 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: K. Ryan
Fast filly who has always been considered useful but only started to show her true colours at the end of last year when winning three times on the trot. Stays five and six furlongs well and is rated to go close.
GLASS SLIPPERS TO WIN 10/1*
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A'ALI flag

Race: The King's Stand Stakes /Day: Day 1 / Age: 3 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: S. Crisford
A small, compact colt who won three times as a two-year-old, including once at Ascot, A'Ali may not be open to as much progress this year but clearly has an abundance of ability.
A'ALI TO WIN 10/1*
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SCEPTICAL flag

Race: The King's Stand Stakes /Day: Day 1 / Age: 4 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: D. Hogan
Sceptical, the highest-rated sprinter in Ireland, could run in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, but is also on the board of favourites for the King Stand Stakes. A Godolphin reject, this horse has proven his worth time over and is definitely a favourite for the Royal Ascot Festival.
SCEPTICAL TO WIN 16/1*
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FOUR WHEEL DRIVE flag

Race: The King's Stand Stakes /Day: Day 1 / Age: 3 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: W A Ward
A sharp US-trained sprinter who is a son of the Triple Crown-winning American Pharaoh, Four Wheel Drive is unbeaten in three runs for Wesley Ward, who does well with his Royal Ascot invaders. Will make a bold bid from the front if he makes it to Royal Ascot this year.
FOUR WHEEL DRIVE TO WIN 16/1*

Prince of Wales Stakes Runners 2020 - Day 2

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JAPAN flag

Race: Prince of Wales Stakes /Day: Day 2 / Age: 4 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: A P O'Brien
As a 3 year old, Japan became one of the best of his age in Europe, winning the King Edward VII Stakes, the Grand Prix de Paris as well as the International Stakes. On softer ground he came 4th in the Dante Stakes and 3rd in the Epsom Derby. With experience under his belt and a proven track record, this young colt is one to keep an eye on come Royal Ascot 2020.
JAPAN TO WIN 2/1*
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BARNEY ROY flag

Race: Prince of Wales Stakes /Day: Day 2 / Age: 6 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: C. Appleby
Returning to the track last year after an unsuccessful retirement at the stud, Barney Roy made his comeback with a win in the Listed Prix de Montretout over 1600 metres at Longchamp. He ran at Royal Ascot 2019, though unconvincingly in the Queen Anne Stakes. Let's see what he has in the tank for 2020.
BARNEY ROY TO WIN 5/1*
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ENABLE flag

Race: Prince of Wales Stakes /Day: Day 2 / Age: 6 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: J. Gosden
A firm favourite middle distance horse. She prevailed in the Eclipse Stakes of 2019 as well as nailing back to back wins in the Yorkshire Oaks as well as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in the same year. This horse knows the course and is no stranger to victory.
ENABLE TO WIN 6/1*
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GHAIYYATH flag

Race: Prince of Wales Stakes /Day: Day 2 / Age: 5 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: C. Appleby
Earmarked to make an appearance in the Coronation Cup at Newmarket on June 5 - Ghaiyyath, a Godolphin star sprinter could be set to put his best foot forward at Royal Ascot.
GHAIYYATH TO WIN 8/1*
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MAGICAL flag

Race: Prince of Wales Stakes /Day: Day 2 / Age: 5 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: A P O'Brien
His trainer has referred to him as 'The Ultimate Racehorse'. If that's anything to go off, this horse has a real shot at the Prince of Wales Stakes. With a string of Group 1 successes, the mare is familiar with the ground at Ascot, winning the Champion Stakes last year.
MAGICAL TO WIN 6/1*

Gold Cup Royal Ascot Runners 2020 - Day 3

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STRADIVARIUS flag

Race: Gold Cup /Day: Day 3 / Age: 5 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: J. Gosden
Winner of the 2018 and 2019 Royal Ascot Gold Cup and become the first back-to-back winner since Yeats who won from 2006-2009 and again in 2011. Will only be 6 years-old in 2020, but if remaining injury free going into the season, a famous hat-trick could be on the cards for one of the most famous flat races in Britain.
STRADIVARIUS TO WIN 6/4*
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KEW GARDENS flag

Race: Gold Cup /Day: Day 3 / Age: 5 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: A. P. O'Brien
Consistent son of Galileo who has amassed over £1.3million in prize-money. Kew Gardens, who has won six of 17 career starts, has placed on seven other occasions and is always there or thereabouts in Grade 1 company. Trainer Aidan O'Brien stepped him up in trip to tackle Stradivarius in the Long Distance Cup at Ascot on his latest outing and he got the better of the champion stayer by a nose. He could prove a star in this discipline.
KEW GARDENS TO WIN 7/2*
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CROSS COUNTER flag

Race: Gold Cup /Day: Day 3 / Age: 5 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: Charlie Appleby
Smart Godolphin-owned stayer who began his racing career on the all-weather at Wolverhampton but quickly became a star, with his feature success coming in the 2018 Melbourne Cup. He has fallen just short on most outings since but he needs quick ground and a good pace to chase as his main strength is an electric turn of foot.
CROSS COUNTER TO WIN 14/1*
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DEE EX BEE flag

Race: Gold Cup /Day: Day 3 / Age: 5 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: S. Bin Ghadayer
A son of Champion Stakes winner Farhh, Dee Ex Bee started his career at seven furlongs but has since progressed into a consistent and reliable stayer. Probably just below top class, Dee Ex Bee finished second in the 2018 Epsom Derby before taking fourth behind Kew Gardens in the St Leger. He was then runner-up behind Stradivarius three times last season before wintering in Dubai.
DEE EX BEE TO WIN 14/1*
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TECHNICIAN flag

Race: Gold Cup /Day: Day 3 / Age: 4 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: M. Meade
Technician looked below Group 1 level throughout the early part of last season but ended the year with a couple of impressive Group successes, including the Grade 1 Prix Royal-Oak at Longchamp on heavy ground. He might need the rain to fall for him to have any chance but he is an up-and-coming prospect.
TECHNICIAN TO WIN 16/1*

Commonwealth Cup Runners 2020 - Day 4

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PIERRE LAPIN flag

Race: Commonwealth Cup /Day: Day 4 / Age: 3 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: R. Varian
A tall individual who may need a longer trip in time, Pierre Lapin has won both his races and remains a sharp prospect, but might lack the pace of some of his rivals.
PIERRE LAPIN TO WIN 4/1*
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EARTHLIGHT flag

Race: Commonwealth Cup /Day: Day 4 / Age: 3 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: A. Fabre
Unbeaten three-year-old trained by Andre Fabre in France Earthlight, is as tenacious and determined as they come. He has won all five outings that have included two at Group 1 level and His battling qualities will help him.
EARTHLIGHT TO WIN 10/1*
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WOODED flag

Race: Commonwealth Cup / Day: Day 4 / Age: 3 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: FH Graffard
A well rested horse coming out of winter and the lockdown. Connections satisfied he's in extremely strong form after victory in the Group 3 Prix Texanita just passed.
WOODED TO WIN 10/1*
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Hurricane Ivor flag

Race: Commonwealth Cup / Day: Day 4 / Age: 3 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: F Chappet
After coming out on top at Chantilly last week, Hurricane Ivor is showing the same promise for Royal Ascot as he did last year as a 2 year old. With brilliant speed, Hurricane Ivor could live up to expectations in the sprinting division in France this year too.
HURRICANE IVOR TO WIN 14/1*
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MUM'S TIPPLE flag

Race: Commonwealth Cup / Day: Day 4 / Age: 3 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: R. Hannon
Mums Tipple was one of the most talked about two-year-olds last year thanks to an 11-length romp in a York sales race. Connections turned down big offers after but he disappointed on his final start and they may regret their decision.
MUM'S TIPPLE TO WIN 12/1*
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MILLISLE flag

Race: Commonwealth Cup Cup / Day: Day 4 / Age: 3 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: J. Harrington
Millisle is a speedily-bred filly who proved herself capable at the highest level when winning the Cheveley Park at Newmarket on her last start. May not improve as much as others as she's quite small.
MILLISLE TO WIN 14/1*

Diamond Jubilee Stakes Runners 2020 - Day 5

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HELLO YOUMZAIN flag

Race: Diamond Jubilee Stakes /Day: Day 5 / Age: 4 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: K. Ryan
A French-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred that shows enormous potential. As a two-year-old in 2018 he won two of his three races that year, including the Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte. In the following year he is considered a leading sprinter, winning the Sandy Lane Stakes and running third in the Commonwealth Cup before recording his first Group 1 success in the Haydock Sprint Cup. This year he's a favourite for the Royal Ascot Diamond Jubilee Stakes on the last day of the festival.
HELLO YOUMZAIN TO WIN 7/1*
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SPACE BLUES flag

Race: Diamond Jubilee Stakes /Day: Day 5 / Age: 4 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: C. Appleby
A valuable Godolphin runner. Ran a galant 7th at Meydan in March this year. Known as a strong traveller, this young horse shows great potential. He placed in the Jersey and Prix Jean Prat and has become a part of the sprinting division in Dubai. Keep an eye on him this year.
SPACE BLUES TO WIN 12/1*
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ONE MASTER flag

Race: Diamond Jubilee Stakes /Day: Day 5 / Age: 6 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: W. Haggas
Ran a blinder at Ascot last October coming second to Donjuan Triumphant by only one length. The track was heavy back then so this horse would be hoping for much of the same come Royal Ascot 2020. He also ran 1st in the ParisLongChamp last October on very soft ground.
ONE MASTER TO WIN: 9/1*
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CAPE BYRON flag

Race: Diamond Jubilee Stakes /Day: Day 5 / Age: 6 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: R. Varian
Cape Byron knows Ascot well having run here many times, lastly for the QIPCO Champions day of October 2019. He'd run at Ascot 4 times last season winning 3 of those occasions even in wet weather. He's a strong contender who has a solid chance at victory come Royal Ascot 2020.
CAPE BYRON TO WIN: 11/1*
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DREAM OF DREAMS flag

Race: Diamond Jubilee Stakes /Day: Day 5 / Age: 6 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: Sir M. Stoute
Dream of Dreams is back for more at the Diamond Jubilee Stakes this year. Runner up in the 2019 edition, the big horse could be on track to go one better this year. He's a good Group 3 horse, having just missed out on a Group 1 race last time at Royal Ascot.
DREAM OF DREAMS TO WIN 12/1*

*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.

  1. Stradivarius (L. Dettori) (1/1F)
  2. Dee Ex Bee (S. De Sousa) (7/2)
  3. Master of Reality (W. M. Lordan) (66/1)
  4. Cross Counter (J. Doyle) (4/1)
  5. Flag of Honour (R. L. Moore) (11/1)

If you’re new to Royal Ascot betting, find our helpful betting guides and Ascot ante post favourites before you start.

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.

Chesham Stakes

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.

FAQ

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.

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