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20h - 24th June

Royal Ascot 2017 will take place from 20th – 24th June. As ever, it will be held at the stunning Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. The historic five-day horse racing festival features the best of Irish, UK and international flat racing talent. It has played host to many horse racing greats down the years, including wins for Irish stars like Yeats and Mastercraftsman. The festival holds 30 races across the five days. Eight of the races are Group 1 contests, which means they are of an incredibly high standard and feature only the best runners.

Among the highlights at Royal Ascot are the St James’s Palace Stakes (Royal Meeting/Opening Day), Ascot Gold Cup (Ladies’ Day) and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Grand Finale). The Queen Anne Stakes is the opening race of Royal Ascot. It starts at 2.30pm on Tuesday 20th June. The Gold Cup race is arguably the most important race at Royal Ascot. Yeats holds the record with four wins from 2006-2009. Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien holds the record for most wins as a trainer with seven victories, including last year’s winner Order of St George. The 2017 Gold Cup race takes place at 4.20pm on Thursday 22nd June.

Royal Ascot Schedule for 2017:
  • Tuesday 20th June - The Royal Meeting Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire
  • Wednesday 21st June - Prince of Wales's Stakes Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire
  • Thursday 22nd June - Gold Cup Day Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire
  • Friday 23rd June - Coronation Stakes Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire
  • Saturday 24th June - Diamond Jubilee Stakes Day Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire

  • 2016 Royal Ascot Winners and Review

    Last year’s Royal Ascot delivered plenty of thrilling action for the crowds. There would be plenty of joy for punters who knew how to pick an Ascot winner. But as always, there was a shock or two on the finish line. Ireland’s Aidan O’Brien continued his brilliant run as a trainer, picking up seven festival wins and moving past 50 winners on the all-time list for Royal Ascot. Ryan Moore shrugged off criticism of his tactics earlier in the week by landing six wins for the week, proving that he remains one of the world’s best jockeys. The ageless Frankie Dettori rode home four winners to delight the crowds. Even Queen Elizabeth II got in on the action when her horse, Dartmouth, won the Hardwicke Stakes on the last day of Ascot.

    The first race at Royal Ascot last year, the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes, went to Tepin after an assured ride by jockey Julien Leparoux. Profitable and jockey Adam Kirby put a smile on punters faces by winning the second Group 1 race, the King’s Stand Stakes. The feature race of the day, the St James’s Palace Stakes, went to crowd-favourite Frankie Dettori on Galileo Gold. Day 2 saw more joy for Kirby with another Group 1 win with My Dream Boat in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. Dettori continued his fine start to the week with double joy on Lady Aurelia (Queen Mary Stakes) and Persuasive (Sandringham Stakes).

    Day 3 at Ascot is famous for two things – the Gold Cup race and all the Ladies’ Day fashion. Concerns for hats and frocks are always put aside for the prestigious race however. Last year saw a big statement win from Order of St George and the jockey/trainer combination of Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien. The win suggested there is a lot more to come from Order of St George and he will surely be top of punters lists to win the Gold Cup again in 2017. Day 3 also saw Moore and O’Brien team up to win the Ribblesdale Stakes on Even Song. The first race of the Ladies’ Day, the Norfolk Stakes, was won by Prince of Lir.

    The fourth day at Ascot opened with a win for popular Irish jockey Seamie Heffernan. He rode Brave Anna to victory in the Albany Stakes at tasty odds of 16-1. Dougie Costello took the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup with an assured ride on Quiet Reflection. Qemah won the feature race, the Coronation Stakes, for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget. It was the second year running that Rouget had trained the race winner in the Coronation Stakes. The final day of Ascot saw more wins for the O’Brien/Moore partnership. They took the opening two races with wins on Churchill (Chesham Stakes) and Sir Isaac Newtown (Wolferton Rated Stakes). They also won the most prestigious race of the day, the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, with Twilight Son.

    Click here to see a full list of results for Royal Ascot 2016.

    Who should I bet on at Royal Ascot 2017?

    Although many races at Ascot have age restrictions (only open to two-year-olds etc.), the festival does produce a lot of multiple winners. The most popular race to bet on at Ascot – the Gold Cup – has seen twenty horses win more than once. The performance of Order of St George in 2016 really does suggest that he has it in him to join that list of illustrious multiple Gold Cup winners. Churchill, Caravaggio, Lady Aurelia and Profitable also showed the kind of class that points to more glory in 2017.

    Place your Royal Ascot bets now at William Hill

    No Irish bookmaker does Royal Ascot quite like William Hill. We will provide you with everything you need for the 2017 festival. Discover a wealth of information at your fingertips, including the latest Ascot results, tips, race cards and betting news. We will be covering all 30 races of Royal Ascot 2017, with brilliant odds and great betting markets guaranteed. Join us today and place your bets on what promises to be a spectacular festival of horse racing!.

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