Royal Ascot Tuesday 18th through until Saturday 22nd June 2013
Tickets are available on the first 4 days of the meeting as I write my monthly column.
Prices as follow GRANDSTAND £62 tue/we’d £73 wed/thur
SILVERING £20 tue/we’d £30 thur/fri. HEATH ENCLOSURE £10 tue/we’d £20 thur/fri
Tuesday gets us underway with the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes followed by 2 further group 1 races in the shape of the Kings Stand as well as the ultra tight St James Palace Stakes.
Wednesday we take in the most prestigous of the races and the most important race of the meeting, the Prince Of Wales Stakes. This is followed by a couple of group 2 races in the Windsor Forest Stakes for the older milers, and the Queen Mary for the speedy 2 yr olds.
Thursday is Ladies Day and the fillies will be trying to out perform their male rivals in the Dress Stakes. There’s also the endurance sapping 2m 4f Gold Cup which us run over a marathon distance and a race we can sit back and savour.
Friday is not a bad days racing as we take in the group 1 Coronation Stakes, and if that’s not enough for you racing fans then we still have the Diamond Jubilee. A group 1 race which is run on the closing day of the festival on the Saturday.
QUEEN ANNE- ASCOT RACE-COURSE WAS FOUNDED IN 1711 BY QUEEN ANNE
The first race was known as… “her majesty’s plate”. The purse for the winner was 100 guineas £110. 7 runners went to post all carrying 12.0 (76k) and the winner was a horse called Flambeau winning in 1840/41 and retaining his title the following season.
A group 1 race for 3 yr olds and upwards which is run over the fast 5 furlongs. Believe it or not the race was created after terrible weather caused visibility down to 5f in 1860. The race was supposed to have been run over a distance of 2m and was formerly known as the Royal Stand Plate. It was later renamed the Kings Stand after the death of queen Victoria and the accession of King Edward v11 in 1901. The winner of first race was a horse called Queen Of The Vale.
ST JAMES PALACE STAKES
Open to 3yr old colts, the race was named after the St James Palace royal residence, dating back to the Tudor times. Established in 1834, it was unfortunate that the first running was declared a walkover as from two runners, one was declared a non runner! The winner was called Plenipotentiary and the following year the aptly named Ascot won the race.
PRINCE OF WALES STAKES
Open to thoroughbreds 4 years of age and older, and run over a distance of 1m2f. This race was first established back in 1862 and was previously known as the King Edward VII Stakes
GOLD CUP RUN OVER 2m4f
This is the most prestigious race for stayers in the country. The race was founded in 1807 and the winner was a horse called Master Jackey”. The jockey won 100 guineas and the race took place in front of Queen Charlotte and King George III.
A strange fact is that in 1844, the running was attended by Nicholas I of Russia on a state visit to the country. The winner at the time was unnamed but was later named as The Emperor in honour of the visiting monarch. The horse also won the following year in 1845.
First run back in 1840 to commemorate the coronation of the new British monarch Queen Victoria, who was born 2 years earlier. The first winner of the race was named Spangle.
This race was established back in 1868 with the winner being named Laneret. It was originally called an All Age Stakes race before being renamed the Cork And Orrery Stakes back in 1926. This was in honour of the Earl Of Cork who served with the Master of the Buckhounds dating back to the 19 century.
The change to the grade system was reformatted in 1971 and the Cork And Orrery Classified was made to a Group 3 race, it was then promoted to a Group 2 in 1998. The race was later renamed to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
In 2002 the race gained Group 1 status and after another 10 years the race name was changed to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.
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