Royal Ascot is the UK’s most valuable horse racing festival, and one of the most eagerly awaited events in the world of flat racing. The 2016 festival will take place at the Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire from Tuesday 14th June to Saturday 18th June. All in all, it will hold 30 top class flat races, including eight Group 1 races which will undoubtedly feature some of the world’s finest horses and jockeys.
Legendary horses, like Frankel and Yeats, have written their names in the history books at Royal Ascot, and down the years there have been some magic moments from the likes of Lester Piggott, Frankie Dettori and the late, great Sir Henry Cecil. The Queen is often in attendance at Royal Ascot, giving the festival its truly ‘Royal Meeting’ feel alongside other members of her family. Her Majesty, however, is more than just a spectator, in 2013 her horse, Estimate, won the Ascot Gold Cup, which is regarded as the marquee race of the festival.
Royal Ascot Horse Racing Festival 2015 Results
2015 was a vintage year for Royal Ascot. Day 1 belonged to Ryan Moore, who showed why he is widely regarded as the best flat jockey in the world with wins on Gleneagles (St James’ Palace Stakes), Clondaw Warrior (The Ascot Stakes) and Washington DC (The Windsor Castle Stakes). However, he did miss out on the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes, which went to Maxime Guyon aboard Solow. The big race on Day 2 - the Prince of Wales’s Stakes - went to Pat Smullen on Free Eagle, but the biggest cheer came for Frankie Dettori, who won his 50th Royal Ascot race on Osaila in the Sandringham Stakes. Day 3 (Gold Cup Day) is usually the highlight of the Royal Meeting, as it features the Ascot Gold Cup. In 2015 the accolade went to Graham Lee, who won a thrilling race with Trip to Paris.
Day 4 featured the Group 1 Coronation Stakes and the Commonwealth Cup. The former was won by Christophe Soumillon on Ervedya, and the latter was won by Dane O’Neill on Muhaarar. The final day, Day 5, saw crowd favourite Frankie Dettori win the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Undrafted. It was a fitting way to end Ascot on the Grand Finale, a story of redemption for Dettori who showed he still oozed class and was able to mix it up with the best in horse racing.
Who to Bet on during 2016 Royal Ascot?
Will 2016 beat the drama and excitement of last year’s Royal Ascot? We could be set for a thrilling shoot-out between Order of St George and Bondi Beach in the 2016 Ascot Gold Cup (Thursday 16th June 16:20pm). These two could head the betting on the 2016 Ascot race card, but as always, a surprise or two could be in store. For the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Saturday 18th June 16:20pm), an open contest seems to await the runners and riders, with heavy betting expected on the likes of Chautauqua, Twilight Son and Limato. We can also look forward to scintillating races in the King’s Stand Stakes (Tuesday 14th June 15:40pm) and the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Wednesday 15th June 16:20pm).
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