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Royal Ascot Horse Racing, 20-24 June

The Royal carriages depart after The Queen’s arrival at the races.

Ascot Racecourse is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom, hosting nine of Britain’s 32 annual Group 1 horse races.

The course, owned by Ascot Racecourse Ltd, enjoys close associations with the British Royal Family, being approximately six miles from Windsor Castle.

Ascot today stages twenty-six days of racing over the course of the year, comprising eighteen flat meetings held between the months of May and October inclusive. It also stages important jump racing throughout the winter months. The Royal Meeting held each June remains a major draw, its highlight being The Gold Cup.

The Gold Cup stands proudly as the showpiece event of Royal Ascot week and is the world’s premier race for horses that are specialists over long distances. Modern tradition has scheduled the race for the middle day (Thursday) of the meeting, when fashion and glamour that is so synonymous with the Royal Meeting reaches its zenith.

The Gold Cup is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs (4,023 meters), and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.

It is Britain’s most prestigious event for “stayers” – horses which specialize in racing over long distances. It is traditionally held on day three of the Royal Ascot meeting, which is known colloquially (but not officially) as Ladies’ Day. Contrary to popular belief the actual title of the race does not include the word “Ascot”. In 2016 it was run as “the Gold Cup in Honor of The Queen’s 90th Birthday.”

The Gold Cup is the first leg of Britain’s Stayers’ Triple Crown, followed by the Goodwood Cup and the Doncaster Cup. The last horse to win all three races in the same year was Double Trigger in 1995.

The Ascot Gold Cup 1834, James Pollard (1792-1867)

The Gold Cup is one of three perpetual trophies at the Royal Ascot meeting, along with the Royal Hunt Cup and the Queen’s Vase, which can be kept permanently by the winning owners. A number of horses have won it more than once, and the most successful is Yeats, who recorded his fourth victory in 2009. The winner of the 2016 Ascot Gold Cup was Order of St. George.

Top Owner Trophy to Be Awarded at Royal Ascot

Ascot Racecourse is delighted to announce that a Royal Ascot Leading Owner Trophy will be awarded next week.

The competition will run alongside the established equivalents for jockeys and trainers. Those two awards are both kindly sponsored by QIPCO.

Like the established jockeys and trainers’ awards, the champion owner over the week will be decided on straight wins, with seconds, thirds (etc.) only coming into play in the event of a tie for wins.

With the agreement of Coolmore, the operation will be regarded as one entity regardless of the precise ownership make up of any given horse or the colors they run in.

Charlie Liverton, Chief Executive of the ROA, welcomed the new initiative:

“Royal Ascot is one of the most eagerly anticipated meetings of the flat racing calendar and captures the imagination of horsemen both in the UK and overseas. The recognition of the part that owners play in the week long spectacle through the award of a leading owner trophy is very much welcome and it will be keenly contested.”

The eight Group One races at Royal Ascot are all QIPCO British Champions Series races and this year, the stable staff leading up the horses for those events will be provided with QIPCO British Champions Series gilets, all of which will carry the owners’ colors on the front.

“We’re very much looking forward to the Royal Meeting next week, with fields shaping well including a record turnout from the United States,” said Nick Smith, Director of Racing and Communications at Ascot.

Lady Aurelia Set for Royal Ascot Trip

Ascot Racecourse via Twitter.

Leading American sprinter Lady Aurelia is set for a return to Royal Ascot this year 12 months on from her impressive victory in the Group Two Queen Mary Stakes on what was only the second run of her career. Wesley Ward’s runner is the bookmakers’ favourite for the King’s Stand Stakes which is one of the leading races on the opening day of the meeting.

Frankie Dettori opted to ride his filly front of the field in the two-year-old-contest in 2016 and the pair made all, stretching away from their rivals inside the final 200m of the race. Ward’s filly returned to Europe last August for the Group One Darley Prix Morny at Deauville in France. She was made to work hard on that occasion as the margin of the victory was less than a length ahead of Alrahma, with the Aidan O’Brien-trained Peace Envoy a further head back in third.

Lady Aurelia made her seasonal reappearance back in April at Keeneland in the Giant’s Causeway Stakes which is a Listed contest over 1000m on turf. She proved too strong for her fellow American sprinters as she recorded her opening win as a three-year-old. That run was scheduled to ensure she had an outing under her belt before her return trip to Europe. She can be backed at +500 with the bookmakers to score in the King’s Stand Stakes, however, if you are having bet at Royal Ascot or any other sporting event this summer, take a look at the best sign-up offers before you do so. If you want to bet with bitcoins, visit sportsbet.io as you will able to transfer funds from a number of different currencies into your digital wallet.

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One of the leading threats to Lady Aurelia’s chances of a repeat Royal Ascot victory later this month is Marsha from the Sir Mark Prescott yard in the UK. The four-year-old won the Group One Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp at Chantilly last season. That is the leading sprint race in Europe and is staged on the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe day. The British sprinter has also started this season strongly with success in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket where he got up by a neck ahead of Washington DC.

Lady Aurelia is also scheduled to take on her former stablemate Acapulco in the 1000m contest. The four-year-old switched to Ireland to join O’Brien’s Ballydoyle yard back in April.  The American-bred filly also won the Queen Mary Stakes when she was with Ward, while she also finished second in the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes at York. She made her debut for her new trainer last month where she won at the Curragh in what was her first run in six months. She is expected to be partnered by Ryan Moore once again at Royal Ascot.

Ward is expected to return to the UK later this year with Lady Aurelia and a number of his leading sprinters for some of the other big meetings on the calendar including Glorious Goodwood and York’s Ebor Meeting in August.

Royal Ascot Odds

With the celebrations gearing up for the centrepiece of Britain’s festivities, the Royal Ascot has been raising its head amidst the gloom and happiness throughout the world, with thousands, and more people looking forward to the royal gathering. With the Royal Ascot being termed as one of Europe’s most famous and one of the oldest celebrations dating back to 1711, the expectations are quite obvious.

Although the press and media are overwhelmed by the news of get-ups of people of different classes on this occasion, the horse race still remains to be the central part of this glorious ceremony, with all the celebrations revolving around the same.

With the delight of having a chance to look at the stunning pageantry with the Queen and carriage, and the lush lawns, the Royal Ascot week remains filled with activities around the time of the year the festivities are hosted. With about eighteen races to be conducted in groups, Royal Ascot will stand witness to a huge prize pot of almost 4 million pounds! Along with these festivities, one of the major attractions of these week-long celebrations is the betting, on the lines of the Royal Ascot odds. With the descent of four year old horses on the racetracks, with all experienced riders exhibiting their finest skills on their horsebacks, the saddles will be a sight worth looking at!

With a vast array of wealth exhibited by the jewels of the royals, the festivities will express richness in all terms of heritage, merit and sportsmanship spirit. All these things make the series of activities worth looking at, and should be attended by everyone once in a lifetime, which would be an experience for life.

However, for bookmarkers, this event is going to be quite special. The week long celebrations in mid-June has been estimated to witness bets worth 400 million pounds, hundred times more than the prize pot itself! With competitions being quite close, most of the bets will be placed online. In this glorious ceremony, one must know how to place a bet, and know something about the royal ascot odds to start off!

Some will win; some will lose, whereas everyone will get away with an experience of a lifetime, on the lush green racetracks of the course. At last, there will be one winner of the Ascot Gold Cup, and a few winners on their bets.

The odds will be decided mainly on the horses taking part, and even the racetrack plays a major role. With a downhill gradient at the beginning, the course takes gentle changes with some right turns, and the track gains an uphill gradient at Swinley Bottom, the lowest part of the track. The course makes conditions unforeseeable, and most of the odds of win-lose will depend on the conditions of the course.

It is always a no-no for a drawing in the middle course, and slightly positive odds are in favour of drawing low. The Brown Panther and some other horses still remain to be favourites, with their riders looking forward to winning the prestigious occasion and award of a lifetime.

However, Royal Ascot will still favour the riders with past experience on the triangular racetrack with right turns, and there is always a point to ponder: there have been variable results of draws on the straight course after it was laid back in the year 2006.

With these eventful days coming up, bookmarkers as well as commons will look forward to bring the best odds of the most looked-at ceremony, with the Queen Anne Stakes, Gold Cup and Diamond Jubilee Stakes being an attraction.

Are you a visitor to the Royal Ascot festivities? If not, you should try at least once, and grab the experience of a lifetime!