Royal Ascot is Britain’s most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses who compete for millions of pounds in prize money. Eighteen Group races, eight of them Group One, have made household names of Royal Ascot winners like Frankel, Yeats and Black Caviar. Every year the meeting is broadcast to audiences around the globe and punters from far and wide have a flutter or two on the famous races, searching out the best Royal Ascot odds.
Ascot Racecourse was founded by Queen Anne in 1711, and has since received the patronage of a further eleven monarchs. The summer race meeting officially became a Royal week in 1911.
The Queen has been the owner and breeder of many top thoroughbred horses over the years and shares her love of horse racing with her family. In fact, The Queen's own horses have won races at Royal Ascot a number of times.
The names of the week's races have a Royal theme, such as 'King George V Stakes', 'Diamond Jubilee Stakes' and 'Windsor Castle Stakes', and the Royal procession, which takes place before the start of racing each day, delights the assembled crowd and the global spectators.
Ante-Post betting is when you bet in advance of an event occurring. The markets for some of the main Royal Ascot betting races will open up months in advance, allowing punters to take advantage of much bigger prices than will be available on the day.
Although ante-post betting can be bring about some decent returns it is also one of the riskiest types of bets due to the fact that so much can change in the lead up to the actual race.
Special bets for Royal Ascot can be really novel and fun and offer something a little different to the traditional win and each-way type bets. These bets can include things like Leading Royal Ascot Jockey, Leading Royal Ascot Trainer and even extend to slightly less conventional bets such as what colour the Queen’s hat will be on any given day.
The five-day Royal Ascot meeting from 18-22 June includes eight Group One races, with the feature race starting at 16:20 GMT each day.
Tuesday: The St James’s Palace Stakes, Wednesday: The Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Thursday: The Gold Cup, Friday: The Coronation Stakes, Saturday: The Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
There are six races on all five days, with the main attraction being the Gold Cup on Thursday, which is also Ladies' Day.
You will find some of these Royal Ascot markets open already if you have an early fancy you want to back now?