When is Royal Ascot

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When is Royal Ascot? Ascot 2020 will be held from Tuesday 16th June though to Saturday 20th June. Ascot dates are similar each year at roughly the same time – the third week of June.

The Royal Ascot Meeting is also held over the same five days each year – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Gates for each day at Royal Ascot open at 10:30am, with the first race normally at 2:30pm and the final race each day at 5:35pm.

What Time does Ascot Start?

There is a Royal Procession around 1:30pm on every day of Ascot. It starts usually around an hour before Royal Ascot start times for racing. This consists of around four or five royal horse-drawn carriages that parade down the long Ascot racecourse straight and end up in front of the packed Royal Ascot crowds.

The last race at Royal Ascot is around 5:35pm each day, but the entertainment doesn’t stop there with the gates open till 8pm. There is daily singing around the bandstand each day that is always worth hanging around for, while in the various car parks near the track many racegoers carry on the Royal Ascot party with early evening picnics.

Royal Ascot Schedule

There are six races each day over the five days of Royal Ascot, so a total of 30 races over the whole meeting.

Over the five days at Royal Ascot, there are a total of eight Group One races and a total of 19 Group races. With two Group One’s on both the Tuesday and the Friday, then many feel these are the two highlight days, but with Ladies Day always held on the Thursday of Royal Ascot then this individual day always grabs it’s own headlines.

ROYAL ASCOT DAY 1 – TUESDAY 16TH JUNE 2020

Royal Ascot Start TimesWatchRaceDistance (Miles & Furlongs)Age
2:30pm Watch at Paddy Power The Queen Anne Stakes
(Group 1)
1m4yo+
3:05pm Watch at Unibet The Coventry Stakes
(Group 2)
6f2yo
3:40pm Watch William Hill The King’s Stand Stakes
(Group 1)
6f3yo
4:20pm Watch at Betfair The St James’ Palace Stakes
(Group 1)
1m3yo Colts
5:00pm Watch at Unibet The Ascot Stakes
(Class 2 Handicap) £60,000 Prize Money
2m 4f4yo+
5:35pm Watch William Hill The Wolverton Rated Stakes
(Listed)
1m 2f4yo+
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ROYAL ASCOT DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY 17TH JUNE 2020

Royal Ascot Start TimesWatchRaceDistance (Miles & Furlongs)Age
2:30pm Watch at Paddy Power The Queen Mary Stakes
(Group 2)
5f2yo+ Fillies
3:05pm Watch at Unibet The Queen’s Vase Stakes
(Group 3)
1m 6f3yo
3:40pm Watch William Hill The Prince of Wales’ Stakes
(Group 1)
1m 2f4yo+
4:20pm Watch at Betfair The Duke of Cambridge Stakes
(Group 2)
1m4yo+ Fillies
5:00pm Watch at Unibet The Royal Hunt Cup
(Heritage Handicap)
1m3yo+
5:35pm Watch William Hill The Windsor Castle Stakes
(Group 3)
7f3yo
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ROYAL ASCOT DAY 3 LADIES DAY– THURSDAY 18TH JUNE 2020

Royal Ascot Start TimesWatchRaceDistance (Miles & Furlongs)Age
2:30pm Watch at Paddy Power The Norfolk Stakes
(Group 2)
5f2yo
3:05pm Watch at Unibet The Hampton Court Stakes
(Group 3)
1m 2f3yo
3:40pm Watch William Hill The Ribblesdale Stakes
(Group 2)
1m 4f3yo Fillies
4:20pm Watch at Betfair The Ascot Gold Cup
(Group 1)
£375,000 Prize Money
2m 4f4yo+
5:00pm Watch at Unibet The Britannia Stakes
(Heritage Handicap)£120,000 Prize Money
1m3yo
5:35pm Watch William Hill The King George V Stakes
(Heritage Handicap)
1m 4f3yo
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ROYAL ASCOT DAY 4 – FRIDAY 19TH JUNE 2020

Royal Ascot Start TimesWatchRaceDistance (Miles & Furlongs)Age
2:30pm Watch at Paddy Power The Albany Stakes
(Group 3)
£70,000 Prize Money
6f2yo Fillies
3:05pm Watch at Unibet The King Edward VII Stakes
(Group 2)
3yo Colts
3:40pm Watch William Hill The Commonwealth Cup
(Group 1)
6f3yo
4:20pm Watch at Betfair The Coronation Stakes
(Group 1)
1m3yo Fillies
5:00pm Watch at Unibet The Sandringham Stakes
(Listed Handicap)
1m3yo
5:35pm Watch William Hill The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes
(Heritage Handicap)
1m 4f3yo+
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ROYAL ASCOT DAY 5 – SATURDAY 20TH JUNE 2020

Royal Ascot Start TimesWatchRaceDistance (Miles & Furlongs)Age
2:30pm Watch at Paddy Power The Chesham Stakes
(Listed)
£60,000 Prize Money
7f2yo
3:05pm Watch at Unibet The Jersey Stakes
(Group 2)
1m 4f4yo+
3:40pm Watch William Hill The Hardwicke Stakes
(Listed)
5f2yo
4:20pm Watch at Betfair The Diamond Jubilee Stakes
(Group 1)
6f3yo+
5:00pm Watch at Unibet The Wokingham Stakes
(Heritage Handicap)
6f3yo+
5:35pm Watch William Hill The Queen Alexandra Stakes
(Conditions)
2m 6f4yo+
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When is Royal Ascot

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