Ascot Move Prince Of Wales's Stakes Time For Japanese Fans

Royal Ascot is one of the biggest events of the racing calendar attracting audiences from all over the world and with that in mind the track have moved some things around to accommodate for certain countries.

The big thing that is being changed for the convenience of international viewers is the big race on the Wednesday the Group 1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes will now go off at 15:40 instead of the original 16:20 as it has been for many years.

The main reason for this change is to please Japanese viewers as 50/1 outsider Dierdre is coming over from Japan to race in the feature contest on Wednesday and although the horse is unlikely to win at those odds his native followers will be able to watch on TV before it is to late in the night over in Asia.

(Credit Racing Post) Ascot's director of racing and communications Nick Smith said: "We want the race to go off before midnight in Japan, which brings with it a significantly higher audience.

"One of the keys to everything we do is international engagement, so with the blessing of ITV, who agree that raising our global audience and profile is important, we have switched the Prince of Wales's Stakes with the Duke of Cambridge Stakes.

"Had the circumstances needed us to move the Prince of Wales's to race two, we probably wouldn't have done it. Making it race three doesn't really matter, not least as it used to be the traditional position for the feature race."

Another event that could change some things at Royal Ascot is the ongoing rail strike saga that a lot of race-goers are still unsure as to what the case will be with trains running before and after the meeting in and around London.

The five-day rail strike is set to disrupt travel for punters heading to the Royal meeting but there are alternatives being put in place that will hopefully see no more changes to the racing schedule across everyday at the Berkshire track.

Although, even if the strike does take place it has been mentioned that four trains an hour will travel from London to Ascot between 9am and noon, with a similar level of service likely after racing, this obviously is still not ideal but a slight hep for people that will be using the train next week.

Due to this travel issue Ascot has seen tickets being put up for resale at less than face value which is very much unheard of at this stage before the summertime showpiece.

(Credit Racing Post) Twickets spokesperson Nick Briski said: "We have seen a larger than usual number of listings for Royal Ascot on the Saturday, but not necessarily on the other days.

"The train strike may well be a strong factor in any increase but there are numerous reasons why individuals or groups of individuals may wish to sell their tickets on, so it is not possible to highlight any particular factor."

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