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Royal Ascot Tips

Our team of experts will take a closer look at all five days of Royal Ascot 2019, providing readers with breaking news, results pieces and tips for every race during this world famous meeting.

Royal Ascot Day Five Tips

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4:20 - Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 6f


Blue Point is interesting lining up again following his win in the King’s Stand Stakes earlier in the week, and Charlie Appleby’s charge could be tough to beat given his excellent record here. He could be best when fresh however, and he is taken on with the improving DREAM OF DREAMS (16/1, Coraleach-way) who is getting better with age, and he arrives here 2-2 for the season having run out a convincing winner of a Listed contest at Windsor last month.

Sir Michael Stoute’s charge acquitted himself well in Group company last term, making the frame on four consecutive starts which included a trio of silver medal finishes, and he might have found the run coming too soon when disappointing in the Champion Sprint.

He was impressive latest at Windsor, winning with more in hand than the official margin might suggest, overcoming trouble in running in the process to win readily. This will demand more from the Dream Ahead entire, but ground is unlikely to inconvenience him and he is proven over seven furlongs while showing plenty of speed to cope with this trip.

The step back into Group One company will demand more from the five-year old, but he is progressing well and may have more to offer given his improvement already this term. He can give a good account, and no surprise to see him in the frame under the in-form Danny Tudhope.

READ: Brian's full tips through the day five card...

Royal Ascot 2019

The pinnacle of the Flat season, the five-day showpiece Royal Ascot meeting takes place each June and the top-class festival of horse racing action on the flat is always a spectacle to savour.

The richest race-meeting in the British horse racing calendar, the spectacle attracts not only the very best runners from around the UK and Ireland, but also from Europe as well as the United States, Australia and the Orient to come together and compete for a share of a prize purse that totals in excess of £6.5million.

Throughout the course of five fantastic days of racing action, no less than eighteen Pattern-class races will head to post, including an impressive eight Group One contests, many of which have helped to forge the legends of the likes of Frankel, Solow, Yeats and Sole Power in recent years.

Precluded by the Royal Parade, as the Queen and her entourage travel the straight course each day of the Festival to herald the beginning of the Festival, the reigning Monarch has not missed a second of the Royal meeting during her reign, and while most of the betting action may centre around the on-course action, who could resist a flutter on the colour of the Queen’s hat on the opening day?

Off-course, the meeting gives rise to a social element found at no other venue, and the meeting is an icon of fashion and style, which is spearheaded by Ladies’ Day on the third day of the five-day meeting and goes hand-in-hand with the equine action on the track. Royal Ascot gives a chance to glamour-up and pull on the finest of fashions and rub shoulders with celebrities, sports heroes as well as friends and like-minded racegoers.

Broadcast to audiences around the globe, the spectacle that is Royal Ascot draws a worldwide following, bringing all the on-and-off course action to the small screen and allowing those who can’t make the fixture in person to experience all Royal Ascot has to offer. For those who do make it to one of the five days of the meeting, they will become part of Britain’s most popular race meeting with an expected gross crowd in excess of 300,000 visitors over the course of the fixture.

Royal Ascot - Full Race Schedule

Starting on Tuesday, the opening day of Royal Ascot begins with three cracking Group One contests headed up by the Queen Anne Stakes, with the King’s Stand Stakes and the St James’s Palace Stakes headlining the first day.

Racegoers on day one can expect to see some of the world’s best sprinters in the Kings’s Stand Stakes; while the St James’s Palace Stakes attracts participants who have contested the 2000 Guineas in the UK, Ireland and France.

Day two continues the top-class action with the Group One Prince of Wales’s Stakes, won in the past by the likes of Free Eagle, Al Kazeem , Duke of Marmalade and Ouija Board in recent years.

The most fashionable day of the British horse racing calendar takes up the mantle on day three with Ladies’ Day, and is the ultimate opportunity to get dressed to the nines and take in some top-class horse racing, which is headlined by the historic Ascot Gold Cup and represents the top-prize for staying performers.

Day four, and it is the turn of the gentlemen to get their glad-rags on for Men’s Day, and the Group One Coronation Stakes along with the second running of the Commonwealth Cup headline Friday’s action.

And bringing the fantastic fixture to a close on day five is the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, one of the biggest sprint races in the world, contested by some of the very best global sprinters. A competitive afternoon also includes the cavalry charge of the Wokingham, where a big field of runners will hurtle down the straight course in a real spectacle.

Ascot regulars will notice a few changes to the schedule at Royal Ascot in 2018. The Queens Vase, formerly a Listed two mile handicap staged in the final slot on day four, has been shortened, upgraded to Group 2 status and given premier billing on day two. The Sandringham Handicap will now round off proceedings on day four, with the Jersey Stakes moving from the opening slot to the final race on Wednesday. The Wolferton Handicap has been switched from day five to the end of day one, with the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes moving in the opposite direction.

Day One - Tuesday 18th June

  • 2:30 Queen Anne Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Straight course) 1m
  • 3:05 Coventry Stakes (Group 2) 6f
  • 3:40 King´s Stand Stakes (British Champions Series & Global Sprint Challenge) (Group 1) 5f
  • 4:20 St James´s Palace Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Round course) 1m
  • 5:00 Ascot Stakes (Handicap) 2m4f
  • 5:35 Wolferton Rated Stakes (Listed) 1m2f

Day Two - Wednesday 19th June

  • 2:30 Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) 5f
  • 3:05 Queen's Vase (Group 2) 1m6f
  • 3:40 Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) (Straight course) 1m
  • 4:20 Prince of Wales´s Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) 1m2f
  • 5:00 Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Straight course) 1m
  • 5:35 Jersey Stakes (Group 3) 7f

Day Three - Thursday 20th June

  • 2:30 Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) 5f
  • 3:05 Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3) 1m2f
  • 3:40 Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) 1m4f
  • 4:20 Gold Cup (British Champions Series) (Group 1) 2m4f
  • 5:00 Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Bobis Race) (Straight course) 1m
  • 5:35 King George V Stakes (Handicap) (Bobis Race) 1m4f

Day Four - Friday 21st June

  • 2:30 Albany Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) 6f
  • 3:05 King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) 1m4f
  • 3:40 Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) (Fillies) 6f
  • 4:20 Coronation Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Fillies) (Round course) 1m
  • 5:00 The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) 1m4f
  • 5:35 Sandringham Handicap (Listed Race) (Fillies) (Straight course) 1m

Day Five - Saturday 22nd June

  • 2:30 Chesham Stakes (Listed Race) 7f 
  • 3:05 Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) 1m4f
  • 3:40 Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed Race) 5f
  • 4:20 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (British Champions Series & Global Sprint Challenge) (Group 1) 6f
  • 5:00 Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) 6f
  • 5:35 Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions Race) 2m5f159y 

Famous Ascot Winners

Throughout the years of Royal Ascot there have been countless top performances and runners, but who can forget the imperious Black Caviar in 2012 beating off all-comers to uphold his unbeaten record? 

It almost all ended in tears for jockey Luke Nolen as he mistook the finish line and stopped riding the top-class performer to the line, and he was almost caught by the fast finishing pair of Moonlight Cloud and Restidargent.

Or Frankel, who was at his fantastic best when romping to a facile wide-margin success over Excelebration in the Queen Anne Stakes, adding to his Royal Ascot win of twelve months previously in the St James’s Palace Stakes.

And of course, the Queen’s own horse, Estimate, who produced a thrilling display to win the 2013 Ascot Gold Cup, getting the better of Simenon in a protracted battle to the line. 

Those are just three memorable performances of Royal Ascot past, but there’s sure to be plenty more to come in the future!

Whatever the weather may bring, whether it is basking in glorious June sunshine or under a blanket of rain, Royal Ascot is an occasion that no horse racing fan can miss!

Black Caviar.

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