Royal Ascot Betting Offers 2018
Royal Ascot is a high point in the British horse racing social calendar with as much focus on the attendees as the races themselves. The five-day meeting is one of the most valuable on the planet with over £6.5M in prize money up for grabs over 19 group races (8 of which are group one).
A favourite of Queen Elizabeth II and the British Royal Family, the meeting can trace its history all the way back to Queen Anne in 1711. Day 3 (Thursday) is the main day of the festival featuring the Ascot Gold Cup, which the Queen’s horse Estimate won in 2013.
As with all big events like this the bookies will be pushing some fantastic promotions including free bets (for new and existing customers), money back, extra places and more. Visit this page throughout the meeting to get the most value from your bets. Further down the page you will also find information on race schedules, history, major statistics and more.
Latest Royal Ascot Promotions
Money back all races up to £25 if your nag is beaten by a length any race
Featured Royal Ascot Offers
Coral’s money back if beaten by a length insurance is available for all Royal Ascot races. This means if you back a horse and it finishes second by a length or less you will get your win stake back up to £25 as a free bet.
With over 20 live races at Royal Ascot the William Hill 2 clear 15% bonus for two or more length winners could really pay off over a number of races.
If your horse wins by 2+ lengths you will get a 15% win bonus, in free bets valid for 4 days, up to £100 for each qualifying race. Includes all ITV/ITV4 races as well as others selected by the bookie.
Another cracking deal for live ITV races. Back any winner at 3/1+ (starting price) and Befair will give you a free bet matched to your stake up to £25. Betfair have also pioneered cash out live during the race.
A list of all bookmakers with best odds guaranteed can be found by clicking here.
Race Card, Schedule & Information
Since changing from 4 days to 5 days back in 2002 Royal Ascot is now attended by over 300,000 people. Whether you have tickets or will be watching on TV here are highlights of the five days.
Day One – Tuesday 19th June
|2:30||Queen Anne Stakes||Group 1||1m|
|3:05||Coventry Stakes||Group 2||6f|
|3:40||Kings Stand Stakes||Group 1||5f|
|4:20||St James Palace Stakes||Group 1||1m|
|5:00||Ascot Stakes||Handicap||2m 4f|
|5:35||Windsor Castle Stakes||Listed||5f|
KEY: m – Miles, f – furlong(s), y – yards
There is no slow start at Royal Ascot as the first day sets the benchmark for the whole week at Ascot. Day one hosts no less than three Group 1 races including the opening prestigious Queen Anne’s Stakes (winner £340k). The one-mile chase for older 4-year-old horses has been won in the past by superstars including Frankel and Cape Cross and represents a jewel in the crown of flat racing.
Following the Queen Anne stakes there is the first leg of the Global Sprint Challenge in the King’s Stand Stakes (winner £230k), run over five furlongs after being significantly shortened from 2 miles. The final group 1 race is the one mile St James Palace Stakes (winner £240k) generally contested by the best mile runners of the season selected from the English, French and Irish 2000 Guineas. Previous winners include Rock Of Gibraltar and Frankel.
Day Two – Wednesday 20th June
|2:30||Jersey Stakes||Group 3||7f|
|3:05||Queen Mary Stakes||Group 2||5f|
|3:40||Duke of Cambridge Stakes||Group 2||1m|
|4:20||Prince of Wales Stakes||Group 1||1m 2f
|5:00||Royal Hunt Cup Stakes||Heritage Handicap||1m|
There is a chance to take a breath on day 2 ahead of gold cup day. The day may have a gentler pace but there is still some top racing to look forward to including the Group 1 Prince of Wales Stakes (winner £430k). The race dates back to 1862, named after the then Prince of Wales and future King Edward VII and for many is regarded as one of the most important modern races. The race has been won by several greats including Connaught, Muhtarram and Mtoto.
The day starts with two sprints in the Jersey Stakes and then the group 2 Queen Mary Stakes for upcoming two-year-old fillies. It’s the turn of the three-year-old fillies next in the group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes (winner £100k). Following the big group one race it’s the Royal Hunt Cup, this may only be a handicap but with around 30 runners it is a hell of a spectacle and a good opportunity to back an outsider each way.
Day Three – Thursday 21st June
|2:30||Norfolk Stakes||Group 2||5f|
|3:05||Tercentenary Stakes||Group 3||1m 2f|
|3:40||Ribblesdale Stakes||Group 2||1m 4f|
|4:20||The Gold Cup Stakes
||Group 1||2m 4f|
|5:35||King Gerorge V Stakes||Handicap||1m 4f|
Historic Gold Cup day 3, also known unofficially as ladies day, represents the pinnacle of the Royal Ascot 5 day festival. This is the day the Queen and other family members will attend with thousands turning out to see the royals, the celebrates and the designer creations, oh and the horse racing too.
The Gold Cup Stakes (winner £230k) is group one race for 4-year-old long distance runners (stayers) and is run over a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs (~4km). The race was founded back in 1807 watched at the time by King George III and his wife Queen Charlotte. The Gold Cup is the first leg in the Stayers triple crown that also includes the Goodwood Cup and the Doncaster Cup. The Gold Cup has been won on four occasions by Yeats with Lester Piggott the leading jockey with an amazing 11 wins and Aiden O’Brien lead trainer with 6 wins to date. Prize money for this race is expected to peak at around £400,000 with over £215,000 to the winner. The 2016 race will honour the Queen’s 90th Birthday.
On day 3 we can also enjoy three other group races, the group 2 Norfolk Stakes sprint (5f) opens the day, followed by a group 3 race added to mark 300 years of racing at Ascot (Tercentenary) over 1 mile and 2 furlongs and then a longer group 2 race, the Ribblesdale Stakes (winner £115k) over 1 mile and 4 furlongs. The day finishes with two exciting and handicap races for three-year-olds.
Day Four – Friday 22nd June
|2:30||Albany Stakes||Group 3||6f|
|3:05||King Edward VII Stakes||Group 2||1m 4f|
|3:40||Commonwealth Gold Cup||Group 1||6f|
|4:20||Coronation Stakes||Group 1||1m|
|5:00||Duke of Edinburgh Stakes||Handicap||1m 4f|
|5:35||Queen’s Vase Stakes||Group 2||1m 6f|
The Gold Cup may be done but there is no time to rest with another top schedule on day four with two more Group One races.
The Coronation Stakes is the highlight of the day open to 3-year-old fillies and run over 1 mile. The race dates back to 1840 and is named in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s coronation in 1838, the race features horses from the English and Irish 1000 Guineas. The race has the same prize monies as the Gold Cup.
The Commonwealth Gold Cup (winner £230k) is the other Group One race and in contrast to the Coronation Stakes (winner £20k) it is almost brand new, first run in 2015. The race is a sprint over 6 furlongs and certainly raises the prestige of the day.
Racing begins on Day 4 with a group 3 sprint, the Albany Stakes over 6 furlongs, followed by a group 2 race over double the distance (1 mile and 4 furlongs) The King Edward VII Stakes (winner £130k). The 5th race of the day is a handicap before the group 2 stayers race, the Queen’s Vase (winner £85k), caps off Friday at Ascot.
Day Five – Saturday 23rd June
|3:05||Wolferton Rated Stakes||Listed||1m 2f|
|3:40||Hardwicke Stakes||Group 2||1m 4f|
|4:20||Diamond Jubilee Stakes||Group 1||6f|
|5:35||Queen Alexandra Stakes||Conditions||2m 6f|
The final day is highlighted by the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (winner £340k). This is the final group one race of the 5 day meeting and is a sprint (6 furlongs) open to four years and older horses. It was originally called the All-Age Stakes when it was established in 1868 and renamed the Cork and Orrery Stakes in 1926. In 2002 the race was renamed again in 2002 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee at which point the race was upgraded to group one. The name was changed to Diamond Jubiliee on 2012 to reflect the Queen’s 60 year as monarch. Lester Piggott as leading jockey has won the race 9 times.
The day begins with two listed races for two-year-olds, the Chesham and Wolferton stakes before the group 2 Hardwicke stakes (winner £130k) for 4-year-old and older horses over a mile and 4 furlongs. The Wokingham Stakes handicap follows the Diamond Jubilee and this cracker is a great watch as a large field hurtle over just 6 furlongs.
The curtain falls on Royal Ascot with the longest race of the week for stayers, the 2 mile and 6 furlong Queen Alexandra Stakes.
History of Royal Ascot and Ascot Racecourse
Ascot (or East Cote as it was known then) was famously founded by Queen Anne in 1711. The history of horse racing in Britain owes a lot to Queen Anne who began a long love affair between Ascot and the Royal family in Britain. Ascot is only 6 miles from Windsor Castle and whilst out riding the Queen noticed an open area of heath land that looked superb for “horses to gallop at full stretch”. Later that year the first horse race took place.
The first ever race was the ‘Her Majesty’s Plate’ contested on August 11th 1711 for a prize of 100 guineas, the event was in fact three individual 4 mile heats contested by seven horses. Each horse carried 12 stone in weight and were ‘English Hunters’ rather than the flat thoroughbreds we know today. A thoroughbred wouldn’t have been able to run the original race of three heats equivalent in distance to a grand national each! No record exists of the name of the first winner but in honour of it founder the first race of each royal meeting is always the Queen Anne Stakes.
The racecourse was laid out originally by William Lowen and the first ever building was built in 1794 by a local builder, it held 1650 people. In 1813 an act of parliament was passed to ensure the racecourse remained public, this culminated in a new public grandstand that was built in 1939 at the staggering cost (for the time) of £100,000. A second act was passed 100 years later in 1913 to establish the Ascot Authority, a group that manages the racecourse to this day. Up until 1945 the only meeting to be held at Ascot was the four-day Royal meeting although other meetings have now been added through the summer, including the climax of the flat season, Champions Day, held in mid-October each year. Ascot now stages 26 days of racing each year with 18 flat meetings between May and October.
The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth group one flat race is the most prestigious race held at Ascot and runs in July each year. The race, established in 1951 to commemorate the new Queen Elizabeth, is open to three year olds and older and run over 1 mile and 4 furlongs with a prize fund over £1,150,000 and nearly £700,000 for the winner.