19 June 2023 | The eve of Royal Ascot
Ascot Racecourse was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne, who identified the land as being ideal for horseracing when riding out from Windsor Castle. The first four-day meeting at Ascot took place in 1768 and at some point in time, the race programme started being referred to as Royal Ascot. His Majesty King Charles III is the thirteenth monarch to oversee the running of Ascot Racecourse.
Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, will be permanently remembered at Royal Ascot from 2023 onwards with the renaming of the Group 1 six-furlong sprint on the Saturday as the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes.
The two tracks, Flat and Jumps, provide racing all year round and Ascot hosts 26 days of racing each year, including the five days of Royal Ascot. It is Europe’s premier Flat racing meeting, featuring eight Group 1 races and 19 Group races in total. Typically, 300,000 racegoers attend across the five days while the event is broadcast in more than 170 territories with a reach of 650 million households.
In 2022, six of the world’s top ten rated racehorses ran at Ascot Racecourse including horses from Britain, Ireland, Germany and Australia. In total there was international representation from eight different countries, headlined by the brilliant Nature Strip who won the King’s Stand Stakes for Australia.
For Royal Ascot 2023, a record £9.52 million of prize money will be on offer, up 10% on the 2022 figure of £8.65m.
As well as world-class racing, Ascot Racecourse is also used as a film and TV filming location and as a venue for conferences, banquets, exhibitions, product launches and weddings, with 300 non-racing events annually. The land on which Ascot Racecourse sits is leased from the Crown Estate, adjacent to Windsor Great Park, covering 179 acres.VISIT THE ASCOT WEBSITE