Ascot Betting Odds
Odds on for Royal Ascot
Royal Ascot is undoubtedly its flagship meeting in June, the five-day showpiece a heady mix of top class racing, high fashion and studying the form and race cards to understand the betting. It dates back to 1711. Some of the greatest names in racing have graced the meeting, including in recent years Frankel, Black Caviar and Goldikova.
Midsummer Betting Highlights
The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is another midsummer highlight at the track and often provides the first clash of the generations as elite three-year-olds meet older rivals for the first time. Again the roll-call of winners is a who’s who of the turf and includes Nijinsky, Mill Reef, Shergar, Dancing Brave and Nashwan.
Ascot is also the home of the QIPCO Champions Day, the new showpiece event at the end of the domestic Flat season. Staged in October the first two renewals were lit up by brilliant victories for Frankel and helped cement it as a worldwide event.
Big betting races through the year include the Royal Hunt Cup, Wokingham, International Handicap and the Balmoral. All of these attract huge fields and are run on the straight course - It’s hard to pinpoint a consistent draw advantage with the pace of the race the key factor in recent years.
Flats and National Hunt: Betting Each Way
The jumping action at Ascot has improved in terms of quality in recent years and attracts big fields with good prize money on offer. A big meeting takes place the weekend before Christmas where races include a significant trial for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.
A new grandstand was recently built at Ascot. Work began in September 2004 and the £185 million redevelopment has been hailed a huge success. It’s a stunning structure and took 20 months to complete. The building work meant that the Royal Ascot meeting of 2005 had to be switched to York.