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Ascot Race Course

Ascot is renowned for thoroughbred horse racing, it plays host to nine out of the 32 annual Group 1 horse races, in the UK. Established in 1711 the first race took place with Royalty cheering on the first ever winner. The race course is located within the shadow of Windsor Castle and has strong Royal connections.

The Ascot race course puts on 26 days of horse racing throughout the year. The majority of races are flat meetings (18 flat meets), between the months of May and including October. During the winter months, jump race meets are put on though the biggest event comes in June, The Gold Cup. The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes run in July and are by far Ascots biggest and most prestigious horse race events.

The racecourse now accounts for a total of approximately 10% of all UK horse race goers, totalling 600,000 visitors a year. Ascot holds the record for being the first racecourse to reach the 500,000-people visitor mark.

Ascot Betting

At the racecourse, you’ll find Ascot’s betting ring in front of the main Grandstand. Within the betting ring you’ll find odds and horse information on all that days racing. The bookmakers within the ring will also clearly display their minimum stake value, whether they’re taking on Each Way, or only Win bets along with their current odds.

Totepools are present throughout the racecourse and display horse odds and offer the full range of bets across all the days races. From a trifecta (top 3 place finishes) to a straight win, the tote offers you the chance to win the pot with winnings being dependent on how many other winners there are along with the total pot staked.

Within the main Grandstand you’ll also find a Betfred betting shop, so you needn’t miss out other horse racing meets too. The Winning Post usually operates a betting shop facility too, again this is located within the Grandstand.

Remember to consider tips and look out for the best odds for your tipped horse before placing your bet. Don’t let the face take over.

Ascot Betting Tips & Winners

Even the Queen, regularly, backs winners at Ascot, Royal Ascot that is. World renowned, by many within the higher accolades of British Horse racing, as being the most prestigious horse racing event of the year.

Betting at Ascot is always popular and Ascot betting tips are always available, from all of the major horse racing betting outlets. Some of the best horses turn up to take part in this spectacle of flat racing, so betting along with the tips can be fiercely competed.

For more information about Royal Ascot and the biggest Royal Ascot Winners check out the page.

For up to date and our own recommended Ascot betting tips check back here. Our tipsters have a great hit rate and consider valuable insight and a host of other variables to come up with the following tips:

Ascot Tip of the Day:

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Money being bet on horses at Ascot grows and grows with each passing year, as more and more betting tips make their way out for the races more and more people are seeing the appeal of having a flutter. If not on an Ascot race certainly on the main event; Royal Ascot, where annual betting, again has seen significant increases.


The Ascot Race Course

The Ascot race course consists of The Swinley Course and is comprised of a right handed, uphill, triangle of approximately 1 mile and 6 furlongs.

Ascot Racecourse

The racecourse has three main enclosures; The Royal Enclosure, The Winning Post Enclosure and The Queen Anne enclosure. Each enclosure has its own set of rules, be sure to double check if unsure of what is expected when it comes to dress code within each enclosure.

The racecourse offers a host of services, from weddings, exhibitions to private dining events. You’ll find a whole host of entertaining events throughout the year, available at the Ascot racecourse.

Ascot Dress Code

Ascot Racecourse Hat Fun

(From the left) Models Sophie Kerr, Alana Davidson and Jenni Thompson pose in hats inspired by Quality Street’s popular sweets The Purple One, Toffee Penny and Green Triangle, at Royal Ascot’s Ladies Day.

If you are fortunate enough to be invited in to The Royal Enclosure you’ll have to don your finest.

Ladies usually dress as if they would for a smart occasion, fascinators are usually tastefully placed though there’s no rule stating these are required.

Trainers are not allowed for Ascot, Gents should wear a jacket with a collared shirt and tie.

Certain areas of the course, such as The King Edward Enclosure do not allow for fancy dress, novelty, promotional or branded clothing.

The one enclosure wear dress code is least formal is within The Queen Anne Enclosure, though formal dress is still encouraged.

Ascot Race Dates & Fixtures

The race season at Ascot runs from April to October.

Date Race Type

Friday 8th Sept 2017 Food & Wine Racing Weekend

Saturday 9th Sept 2017 Food & Wine Racing Weekend

Friday 6th Oct 2017 Race Weekend & Beer Festival

Saturday 7th Oct 2017 Race Weekend & Beer Festival

Saturday 21st Oct 2017 QIPCO British Champions Day

Saturday 4th Nov 2017 Fireworks & Family Race Day

Friday 24th Nov 2017 Fund Raising & Xmas Fair

Saturday 25th Nov 2017 Fund Raising & Xmas Fair

Friday 22nd Dec 2017 Xmas Racing Weekend

Saturday 23rd Dec 2017 Xmas Racing Weekend

Saturday 20th Jan 2018 Jump – Afternoon – Turf

Saturday 17th Feb 2018 Jump – Afternoon – Turf

Sunday 25th March 2018 Jump – Afternoon – Turf

Wednesday 2nd May 2018 Flat – Afternoon – Turf

Friday 11th May 2018 Flat – Evening – Turf

Saturday 12th May 2018 Flat – Afternoon – Turf

Tuesday 19th June 2018 Royal Ascot

Wednesday 20th June 2018 Royal Ascot

Thursday 21st June 2018 Royal Ascot

Friday 22nd June 2018 Royal Ascot

Saturday 23rd June 2018 Royal Ascot

Friday 13th July 2018 Flat – Afternoon – Turf

Saturday 14th July 2018 Flat – Afternoon – Turf

Friday 27th July 2018 Flat – Afternoon – Turf

Saturday 28th July 2018 Flat – Afternoon – Turf

Saturday 11th Aug 2018 Flat – Afternoon – Turf

Friday 7th Sept 2018 Flat – Afternoon – Turf

Saturday 8th Sept 2018 Flat – Afternoon – Turf

Friday 5th Oct 2018 Flat – Afternoon – Turf

Saturday 6th Oct 2018 Flat – Afternoon – Turf

Saturday 20th Oct 2018 Flat-British Champs Day

Saturday 3d Nov 2018 Jump – Afternoon – Turf

Friday 23rd Nov 2018 Jump – Afternoon – Turf

Saturday 24th Nov 2018 Jump – Afternoon – Turf

Friday 21st Dec 2018 Jump – Afternoon – Turf

Saturday 22nd Dec 2018 Jump – Afternoon – Turf

Ascot Weather

Check back here closer to the race event for an update on weather conditions. Remember though, winter is usually cold and wet. We’ll give you more precise data nearer to the race time.

Getting to Ascot

Located in the beautiful countryside of Berkshire and adjoined to The Great Windsor Park, whilst only just a 50-minute drive from London. Ascot is close to the M3, M4, M40 and M25 motorways, not too far for international visitors landing at Heathrow too.

For the SatNavs:

Ascot Racecourse

Tel: 0844 346 3000