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Clarence House Chase Tips
The next Grade 1 race at Ascot is the Clarence House Chase on 23rd January 2021. The race is over two miles and one furlong and is a significant trial for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
Nicky Henderson’s Altior is currently on course for the Desert Orchid at Kempton at Christmas. On his likely absence, the market leader here is reigning champion chaser Politologue, an impressive winner of the Tingle Creek Chase in December. He is trained by Paul Nicholls who has other possible contenders in Duc Des Genievres and Greaneteen.
Defi Du Seuil is expected to be prominent in the Clarence House Chase betting for Philip Hobbs. He denied Un De Sceaux a fourth consecutive win in this race last season but proved disappointing when only fourth at Cheltenham. He pulled up in the Shloer Chase at the same track in November but nothing has come to light in subsequent tests.
Ascot Racecourse Guide
Jump racing did not take place at Ascot until 1965 but it quickly became established as one of the leading National Hunt courses. The right-handed hurdles track is relatively flat and fair and tends to favour horses close to the pace. The only Grade 1 hurdle on the track is the Long Walk Hurdle in December.
There are two Grade 1 chases at Ascot; The Clarence House Chase and the Ascot Chase. Famous winning chasers at Ascot include Arkle, Flyingbolt, Mill House and Desert Orchid. The fences here can be tricky for a novice, particularly when the going is testing.
Ascot is a galloping track with a circuit of a mile and three-quarters. There is a straight mile course and a run-in of two and a half furlongs on the round course. There is no discernible draw bias and any advantage is usually with the side with most early pace in the big handicaps.
The Royal meeting is the highlight of the year at Ascot with eighteen Group races attracting many of the top racehorses from Europe and beyond. The Ascot Gold Cup remains the most prestigious staying race in the world. Other top races on the flat include the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Champion Stakes.
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Clarence House Chase
The Clarence House Chase in late January is one of the top races of the season for two-mile chasers. Un De Sceaux won this race for three successive seasons from 2016 to 2018. Altior added his name to the roll of honour in 2019, going on to become the seventh horse to win here and follow up in the Champion Chase.
The Grade 1 Ascot Chase takes place in February over two miles and five furlongs. This race can influence the betting on the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham. There have been four dual winners including Riverside Theatre (2011, 2012) and Cue Card (2013, 2017).
The Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase is a Grade 2 event in February over three miles. It is regarded as a trial for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Notable past winners include Grand National winner Royal Athlete (1990) and Gold Cup winner Mr Mulligan (1996).
Royal Ascot is one of the finest racing festivals in the world and features eighteen Group races. The meeting attracts some of the world’s top thoroughbreds and more than 300,000 spectators over the course of the week. Royal Ascot has an estimated worldwide TV audience of around 650 million.
Royal Ascot Day 1
Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1)
The Queen Anne Stakes over a mile is the first of three Group 1 races on the opening day of the meeting. Notable past winners include Goldikova (2010) and Frankel (2012).
King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1)
The King’s Stand Stakes is one of the most prestigious five furlong races in the world. Battaash won the race in 2020 after finishing runner-up to Blue Point in 2018 and 2019.
St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1)
The St James’s Palace Stakes is one of the top races of the season for three-year-old colts over a mile. Notable past winners include Brigadier Gerard (1972), Kris (1979), Rock Of Gibraltar (2002) and Frankel (2011).
Royal Ascot Day 2
Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1)
The only Group 1 action on the second day of Royal Ascot is the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes. The ten-furlong contest has been won by top class performers including Mtoto (1987, 1988), Dubai Millennium (2000) and Ouija Board (2006).
Royal Ascot Day 3
Gold Cup (Group 1)
The Ascot Gold Cup was first run in 1807 and is the longest surviving race of the meeting. Stradivarius won this race in 2017, 2018 and 2019, equalling Sagaro (1975-1977) and moving to within one of four-time winner Yeats (2006-2009).
Royal Ascot Day 4
Commonwealth Cup (Group 1)
The Commonwealth Cup was added to the meeting in 2015 and is confined to three-year-olds over six furlongs. Champion sprinter Muhaarar won the inaugural running for Hamdan Al Maktoum, also successful with Eqtidaar in 2018.
Coronation Stakes (Group 1)
The Coronation Stakes is one of the top mile races in Europe for three-year-old fillies. This is often the target for 1000 Guineas winners and recent Classic winners to score here include Ghanaati (2009), Winter (2017) and Alpha Centauri (2018).
Royal Ascot Day 5
Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1)
The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is the final Group 1 race of the meeting. It is the sprint championship for four-year-olds and upwards over six furlongs. This race attracts leading sprinters from around the globe and was memorably won by the great Australian mare Black Caviar in 2012.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes
The Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes over a mile and a half takes place in July. This is one of the top middle-distance races of the season. The epic duel between Grundy and Bustino in 1975 was dubbed “the race of the century”. Other notable winners include Nijinsky (1970), Mill Reef (1971), Shergar (1981) and Dancing Brave (1986). Enable became the first horse to win the race three times when successful in 2017, 2019 and 2020.
Ascot stages the Shergar Cup in August, a challenge event between teams of top International jockeys. The event was moved from Goodwood in 2000 and there are teams representing Europe, the Rest of the World, GB & Ireland and the Girls’ team. The Girls team scored a famous victory in 2015 and triumphed again in 2018.
British Champions Day
Champions Day is the most valuable day’s racing in Britain and takes place in mid-October. The Champion Stakes was transferred from its former home at Newmarket in 2011 and now forms the centre-piece of a top quality card.
British Champions Sprint
The Champions Sprint over six furlongs is the first of four Group 1 races. It was formerly run as the Diadem Stakes but assumed its new title in 2011 and acquired Group 1 status in 2015.
British Champion Fillies & Mares Stakes
The Champion Fillies & Mares was originally known as the Princess Royal Stakes and was first run under its present title in 2011. It is over a mile and a half for three-year-olds and upwards.
The Champion Stakes is the richest ten furlong race in Europe. Originally staged at Newmarket, it has been won by many famous names of the turf including Pebbles (1985), Triptych (1986, 1987), Cirrus des Aigles (2011) and Frankel (2012). Frankel defeated Cirrus des Aigles to end his 14-race career unbeaten.
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is one of the most prestigious mile races in Europe. Great names on the roll of honour include Brigadier Gerard (1971 and 1972), Dubai Millennium (1999) and Frankel (2011).
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Royal Ascot Special Offers
Royal Ascot is the most popular meeting of the flat racing season and bookmakers make some great offers for new customers. Ascot free bets and special offers make this the ideal time to open a new account.
Follow the top trainers at Ascot
Ascot regularly attracts the finest thoroughbreds from Great Britain and Ireland and the top yards dominate the big meetings. John Gosden and Saeed bin Suroor are often among the winners on the flat while Aidan O’Brien’s runners are always worth noting. Over jumps, Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls rarely let an Ascot meeting go by without registering a winner.
Take early prices for your Ascot bets
Ascot stages very competitive meetings throughout the year with all races priced up by bookmakers. The markets are always strong and you are strongly advised to take an early price on your Ascot tips. Most bookmakers provide a “best odds guarantee”, so that if the SP is better than your early price you will be paid out at the higher odds.
Each-way value in Ascot handicaps
Bookmakers often offer improved terms for each-way betting in the big Ascot handicaps. You can get paid out down to fifth place in races like the Royal Hunt Cup and Wokingham Handicap by shopping around for value.
When do you release Royal Ascot tips?
Royal Ascot tips on all races will be released the day before racing with tips published earlier on the big ante-post races.
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What date is Royal Ascot 2021?
Royal Ascot 2021 will take place from Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th June.
Will Ascot have a crowd in 2021?
The on-going Covid-19 pandemic means that Ascot will be following government advice throughout 2021. You can register your interest in purchasing tickets on the Ascot.co.uk website and will be notified as soon as any become available.