Ascot is always a real Royal affair and each year welcomes sees the Queen enjoy a day out from Buckingham Palace.
Royal Ascot is perhaps the most high profile week of racing in the British racing calendar, with the Gold Cup being the race every horse owner wants to win.
Every June over 300,000 people land at Ascot to watch the racing, and millions more across the world love a punt on the festival.
If you’re new to Royal Ascot then there’s plenty you should know about the week of racing from when it takes place to top betting tips on how to select a winner…
Royal Ascot Tips: Backing A Winner
Horse Racing is all about having a bet on a winner and we’re certainly always keen on doing so at Oddsmanager.
When working on our horse racing previews and tips we always take into account many factors before selecting a winner.
If you’re hoping to secure a tidy profit from Royal Ascot, then you should almost certainly take the following into account…
- Form: Naturally one of the first things to consider is both the form of the horse and the jockey. It’s probably not a wise punt having a wager on a horse that has finished outside the top three in the last few races, while a better bet would be a horse or jockey who has picked up a few recent wins.
- Course & Distance: Analyse how a horse has previously ran over similar distances and how they have performed at Ascot. If a horse is stepping up considerably in terms of distance, as well as the grade of the race, then they might find it a difficult challenge.
- Trainer/Jockey: As well as horses being in form, trainers and jockeys can be too. In fact, certain trainers and jockeys are particularly successful at certain festivals. Frankie Dettori and John Gosden have dominated the last two years, with the former having rode seven winners.
- Weather/Ground: Dependent on the weather in the build up to Royal Ascot, the ground will have a different condition. Check how contenders perform in hard, fair and soft ground and compare to how the course will be on race day. You’ll often find a horse suits a certain type of ground and it can be the difference between a win and a horse pulling up.
- Insider Tips: Of course, paying attention to what tipsters, pundits and trainers themselves can be instrumental in who you back. They’ll have seen horses in training, have a much more in-depth knowledge and will therefore have a clearer understanding of how a horse will fair. Which you should certainly take advantage of.
- Trials Day Races: If you want to bet on Royal Ascot, aside from the week of racing itself, Ascot Trials Day is the second most important day of racing to watch. You’ll see a number of the contenders take part and learn how they handle the course and distance. Ascot Trials Day is always fun to bet on too. Taking place in May, it gives trainers and jockeys the chance to prepare for their big day, with trials for the likes of the Coventry Stakes, Norfolk Stakes and the Albany Stakes, as well as the Commonwealth Cup, Gold Cup and more.
Royal Ascot Dress Code: What To Wear On Raceday
Royal Ascot is a week in which punters really do have to dress to the nines. The Royals are in attendance and that should be respected.
That means, men visiting Royal Ascot must wear either grey or black morning dress with a black or grey top hat, black shoes and a waistcoat and tie.
Ladies must wear formal daywear that includes skirts or dresses that are no higher than slightly above the knee, with straps on tops being required to be thicker than one inch.
Trouser suits can be worn, but must be matching and ladies must also wear a hat or headpiece that has a base of at least 10cm.
Royal Ascot Live Stream: How To Watch The Derby
Like all major horse racing events, there are a number of options for live streaming.
You’ll find most bookmakers offer a Royal Ascot live stream, with the likes of Coral, Betfair, Betfred and 888sport all allowing customers to watch the festival’s races when placing a qualifying bet. This is usually around £1 and once bet a stream will become available.
As well as that, ITV also broadcast every race from Royal Ascot live on television.
Royal Ascot Ladies Day: Glamour At The Festival
Ladies Day at Ascot is one of the most prestigious Ladies Day events on the horse racing calendar. Many celebrities and high-profile women arrive on the Thursday, June 18 and has a full day of racing including the prestigious Ascot Gold Cup.
As you’d expect, formal dress and a hat is a must and it generally sees some real style and sophistication.
As well as the Gold Cup, major races including the Britannia Stakes and King George V Stakes also takes place on Ladies Day.
Royal Ascot takes place in June 2020 between the 16 and 20 of the month. It’s a really special festival with a good number of races to bet on. Gates open at 10.30 each day.
Like every other day, gates open at 10.30am with the first race getting underway at 2.30pm and the final race 5.35pm.
Royal Ascot takes place at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire. It’s one of the UK’s biggest and main racecourses and has always been associated with the roles due to its proximity to Windsor Castle. The Royal Family, including the Queen, visit the racecourse each year for the Royal week, so it’s perhaps no surprise that the total prize money is among the biggest in the sport.