The best of the best in horse racing on the flat turf are at Ascot this week for the Royal festival meeting. The five-day festival is considered to be Britain’s most valuable race meeting.
It got underway yesterday and will run every day until Saturday 22 June, drawing in racegoers and television viewers from all over the world.
Royal Ascot has something for everyone. Whether the arrival of the Royal procession at 2 pm, the focus on the fashion of racegoers, the world-class racing taking place during the afternoon or the live music taking place around the bandstand in the early evening.
There is nowhere quite like it in the world.
Despite near torrential weather in the UK over the past week, it hasn’t dampened anyone’s spirits in the build-up to the Royal meeting.
Day one saw a great start for jockeys Ryan Moore and Daniel Tudhope who both rode two winners. Tudhope’s victory on Addeybb was the standout performance of the day as he powered home to win the final race of the day the Wolverton Stakes.
Today’s action saw the Prince of Wales’s Stakes as the feature race, many considered this to be the race of the week with the top five horses in the betting having won eight group races between them and until today had all being unbeaten so far this season. Crystal Ocean managed to just repel the challenge of Irish raider Magical in what was near torrential conditions.
The feature on Ladies Day (Thursday) is the Ascot Gold cup where the two best stayers in the business Stradivarius and Cross Counter lock horns. Last year’s winner Stradivarius is unbeaten in his last six races, but he will be facing arguably his biggest challenge yet in Melbourne Cup and Dubai Gold Cup winner Cross Counter.
Then on Friday, the highlights of the day are the Commonwealth Cup and Coronation Stakes, where Aidan O’Brien will fancy his chances of picking up both of the group one contests with two of the stable’s many superstars Ten Sovereigns and Hermosa.
Five days of incredible racing will draw to a close on Saturday with the sprinters in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, with last year’s Epsom Derby winner Masar making his long-awaited seasonal debut earlier in the day in the Hardwicke Stakes.
For those people not attending you can check out every minute of the action from the comfort of your home. ITV racing and Sky Sports Racing will both be showing all six races each day, meaning everyone can enjoy their own slice of Royal Ascot this week.
Parkers are currently taking bookings and, as it can get very busy this time of year, we always advise to book early. We have a range of vehicles, including Mercedes saloons and people carriers for larger groups, to ensure you arrive at wherever your destination happens to be in comfort.
We also offer free child seats.
Wherever you are headed this month, whether on a day out to the racing or off to the airport, let Parkers do the driving. Contact us to make your booking today.