By News Team
21st May 2021
Royal Ascot 2021 is nearly upon us and we have put together an all you need to know guide to help you through the five-day showpiece event of British flat racing.
Dating back hundreds of years, Royal Ascot is a celebration of all thing’s pageantry and racing, it’s a mainstay of the racing calendar and is certainly one to savour.
Royal Ascot: when and where
So, where is Ascot? Well, the Royal Ascot location is, unsurprisingly, at Ascot racecourse in Berkshire.
Growing out of the first four-day annual meeting at Ascot in 1768, and with the introduction of certain races such as the Gold Cup, the meeting has since developed into what we know today as Royal Ascot.
Until 1939, Royal Ascot was the only meeting to be held at the racecourse and every year the event only grows in popularity.
And what are this year’s Royal Ascot dates? The Royal Ascot meeting will be held between Tuesday 15th and Saturday 19th June with a feature race held daily.
Royal Ascot prize money
One of the reasons for Royal Ascot’s popularity is that it attracts the best in the equine world and not just for the royal connections, the prize money on offer over the week is some of the best in the world.
This year, the Royal Ascot prize money will total £6million over the course of the meeting, with some of the biggest beneficiary’s being the winners of The Diamond Jubilee Stakes and The Prince of Wales’s Stakes, where there will be a total of £700,000 up for grabs in each race.
Royal Ascot runners
The combination of prize money, prestige, and breeding is what ultimately brings the best around to Royal Ascot and this year is no different.
Royal Ascot entries have already been made and they are lined with superstars, including eight US-trained runners and strong representation from Ireland, France, and Germany.
However, to be sure you have the current and up to date information it’s imperative to have a look at a Royal Ascot race card closer to the time.
Most notably this year we can look forward to seeing seven-year-old Stradivarius attempt to win a record equalling fourth Ascot Gold Cup.
Royal Ascot latest odds
There have already been some ideas about where certain horses will be placed at the meeting and whether they are likely to run their race, such as St Mark’s Basilica who is currently priced at 7/4 for the St James’s Palace Stakes after an impressive victory in the French 2,000 Guineas.
Likewise, Palace Pier looks likely to head to the Queen Anne Stakes as the red-hot 1/2 favourite.