The first race ever run at Ascot was on Saturday, August 11, 1711 when horses and riders competed for Her Majesty's Plate. Situated roughly six miles from Windsor Castle in the small town of Ascot, Berkshire, the racecourse was in fact founded that year by Queen Anne and has ever since been very closely linked to the British Royal Family.
This distinguished English racetrack is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom used for thoroughbred horse racing. While the racetrack hosts several National Hunt fixtures, the Flat Races are where it has earned its global reputation. The racecourse features twenty-six days of horse racing throughout the year, made up of eighteen Flat meetings held in between May and October including nine of the Britian's thirty two annual Group 1 events. Additionally, it stages important jump racing during the winter months.
- In June each year, Royal Ascot attracts the most attention, providing spectators with four days of some of the finest horse racing in the world, not to mention the blend of striking fashion and Royal Processions, all of which help this meeting stand apart from any other. The Gold Cup, traditionally held on Ladies' Day or day three, is the most popular race and is run over a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs being best suited to those horses that specialise over long distances. Click here for Royal Ascot Betting Odds.
- Probably the most important race takes place in July and is the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older and run over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs.
- Since 2011, the racetrack now stages the new climax of the British flat racing season by hosting the five final stages of the British Champions Series: Champion Stakes originally held at Newmarket, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, British Champions Sprint Stakes, British Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes and the British Champions Long Distance Cup.
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