With a worldwide reputation for top-class flat and National Hunt racing, Ascot Racecourse is certainly one of the jewels in the crown of British thoroughbred racing. Founded in 1711 by Queen Anne, the first ever race was held in August 1711 and now hosts nine of the UK’s 32 annual Group 1 horse races.

The centrepiece meeting on the calendar is Royal Ascot in June, when the eyes of the racing world fall onto Berkshire for five days of some of the most competitive flat racing anywhere on the planet.

The Ascot course is a galloping track of up to 14 furlongs, with a brief two-and-a-half furlong run-in. National Hunt jump racing has been held at Ascot since 1965. Prior to this, the only racing that took place at Ascot was the four-day Royal Meeting.

Back in 2004, Ascot Racecourse was closed for almost two years as it underwent a £185 million redevelopment; with its spectacular new grandstand opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in June 2006 marking the beginning of a new era for racing at Ascot.

During the redevelopment the racing surface was also re-laid, along with a couple of tweaks to the configuration of the course itself that we will discuss in greater detail further down the page.

Ascot also plays host to the new climax of the British flat racing season, Champions’ Day. Designed to rival the French Arc weekend and America’s Breeders’ Cup, three Group 1 races are held during the final Saturday of the flat racing calendar, including the Champion Stakes and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

GeeGeez says: “Since the relaying of the Ascot course, the ground in the straight tends to drain much quicker than the rest of the course. Subsequently, the going can be soft in places and much faster on the approach to home.

“On the National Hunt course, the stiff uphill finish allied with some rather challenging fences can be the undoing for runners with no form around Ascot. The top rated animals are therefore often favoured here. The reconfiguration of the course has also meant that held-up horses in the early stages of a race are also heavily fancied.”

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Next Ascot Races
19 Jun 14:30 Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (1) 4yo+
19 Jun 15:05 Coventry Stakes (Group 2) (1) 2yo
19 Jun 15:40 King's Stand Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (1) 3yo+
19 Jun 16:20 St James's Palace Stakes (Group 1) (Colts) (British Champions Series) (1) 3yo
19 Jun 17:00 Ascot Stakes (A Handicap) (0-100) (2) 4yo+
19 Jun 17:35 Wolferton Stakes (Listed Race) (1) 4yo+
20 Jun 14:30 Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) (1) 2yo
20 Jun 15:05 Queen's Vase (Group 2) (1) 3yo
20 Jun 15:40 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) (1) 4yo+
20 Jun 16:20 Prince Of Wales's Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (1) 4yo+
20 Jun 17:00 Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) (2) 3yo+
20 Jun 17:35 Jersey Stakes (Group 3) (1) 3yo
21 Jun 14:30 Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) (1) 2yo
21 Jun 15:05 Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3) (1) 3yo
21 Jun 15:40 Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) (1) 3yo
21 Jun 16:20 Gold Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (1) 4yo+
21 Jun 17:00 Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Colts & Geldings) (0-105) (2) 3yo
21 Jun 17:35 King George V Stakes (Handicap) (0-105) (2) 3yo
22 Jun 14:30 Albany Stakes (Group 3) (1) 2yo
22 Jun 15:05 King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) (1) 3yo
22 Jun 15:40 Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (1) 3yo
22 Jun 16:20 Coronation Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (1) 3yo
22 Jun 17:00 Sandringham Stakes (0-105) (2) 3yo
22 Jun 17:35 Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (0-105) (2) 3yo+
23 Jun 14:30 Chesham Stakes (Listed Race) (1) 2yo
23 Jun 15:05 Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) (1) 4yo+
23 Jun 15:40 Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed Race) (1) 2yo
23 Jun 16:20 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (1) 4yo+
23 Jun 17:00 Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (0-110) (2) 3yo+
23 Jun 17:35 Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions Race) (2) 4yo+
Latest Ascot Results
12 May 17:10MoonrakerCharles BishopM Appleby7/2
12 May 16:35Blown By WindWilliam BuickM Johnston3/1
12 May 16:00Ripp OrfHayley TurnerD Elsworth20/1
12 May 15:25Urban FoxDaniel TudhopeW Haggas9/2
12 May 14:50BarsantiAndrea AtzeniR Varian10/11
12 May 14:15Count CalabashCharles BishopEve Johnson Houghton9/2
11 May 20:10CorrosiveJosephine GordonH Palmer7/2
11 May 19:40DreamfieldJames DoyleJ Gosden10/11
11 May 19:05Society PowerJames DoyleW Haggas9/4
11 May 18:35Stream Of StarsFrankie DettoriJ Gosden5/2
Ascot Fixtures
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Top Jockeys
Ryan Moore146421.9%
William Buick104422.7%
Nico De Boinville62227.3%
Frankie Dettori61931.6%
Jamie Spencer54311.6%
Adam Kirby4449.1%
Martin Harley42913.8%
Silvestre De Sousa4626.5%
James Doyle42913.8%
Fran Berry43910.3%
Top Trainers
W Haggas94719.1%
J Gosden96713.4%
C Appleby83821.1%
A O'Brien85115.7%
N Henderson74714.9%
M Johnston65012.0%
R Varian43611.1%
H Palmer41921.1%
R Hannon4517.8%
G L Moore3329.4%