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The Best Racing Festival Week in the World is at Royal Ascot- By Bob Sawhny

Posted on - 09 Jun 2014

The Best Racing Festival Week in the World is at Royal AscotBy Bob Sawhny
 
Ascot racecourse- Berkshire: Royal Ascot is one of Europe's most famous race meetings, and dates back to 1711 when it was founded by Queen Anne. Every year Royal Ascot is attended by HM Elizabeth II and various members of the British Royal Family such as The Prince of Wales, arriving each day in a horse-drawn carriage with the Royal procession taking place at the start of each race day and the raising of the Queen's Royal Standard. It is a major event in the British social calendar, and press coverage of the attendees and what they are wearing often exceeds coverage of the actual racing.
 
             The Royal Enclosure is the most prestigious of the three First-time applicants who must apply to the Royal Enclosure Office and gain membership from someone who has attended the enclosure for at least four years. The badge holder's name is written onto the badge and can be used only by that person; the colors of the badge vary each day for one-day applicants. Those in the Royal Enclosure have the options of fine dining and hospitality, and a selection of bars. The dress code is strictly enforced. For women, only a day dress with a hat is acceptable but with rules applying to the length and style of the dress. In addition, women must not show bare midriffs or shoulders. But, to top it all, hordes of lovely lasses are frequently decked-up in a most glamorous manner with highly breathtaking headgear. And all Gentlemen are reminded that it is a requirement to wear either a black or grey morning dress which must include a waistcoat and tie (no cravats) and a black or grey top hat and Black shoes.
 
              Over 300,000 people make the annual visit to Berkshire during Royal Ascotweek, making this Europe’s best-attended race meeting. There are sixteen group races on offer, with at least one Group One event on each of the five days. The Gold Cup is on Ladies' Day on a Thursday. Total prize money at Ascot throughout the 2014 season will be above£10,000,000. This amount excludes the £3.4M on offer during the Qipco British Champions Day, an industry joint venture. Prize money for The St James's Palace Stakes and Coronation Stakes were both increased by £100,000 to £350,000, which puts each race on equal footing with the Queen Anne Stakes, King's Stand Stakes and The Gold Cup.
 
The Windsor Forest Stakes has been renamed, with the Queen’s consent, The Duke of Cambridge Stakes, recognizing the new title given to Prince William, and has seen a 25% increase in its value to £125,000.
                                            
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
KEY RACES
 
THE ROYAL ASCOT 2014
 
Day 1 – Tuesday 17 June
 
·         The Queen Anne Stakes – Group 1
·         The King's Stand Stakes – Group 1
·         The St. James's Palace Stakes – Group 1
·         The Coventry Stakes – Group 2
·         The Ascot Stakes – Class 2 handicap
·         The Windsor Castle Stakes – Listed
 
Day 2 – Wednesday 18 June
 
·         The Jersey Stakes – Group 3
·         The Duke of Cambridge Stakes – Group 2
·         The 150th Anniversary of the Prince of Wales's Stakes – Group 1
·         The Royal Hunt Cup – Class 2 Heritage Handicap
·         The Queen Mary Stakes – Group 2
·         The Sandringham Handicap – Listed
 
Day 3 – Thursday 19 June
 
·         The Norfolk Stakes – Group 2
·         The Ribblesdale Stakes – Group 2
·         The Gold Cup – Group 1
·         The Britannia Stakes – Class 2 Heritage Handicap
·         The Tercentenary Stakes – Group 3
·         The King George V Stakes – Class 2 handicap
Day 4 – Friday 2o June
·         The Albany Stakes – Group 3
·         The King Edward VII Stakes – Group 2
·         The Coronation Stakes – Group 1
·         The Wolferton Handicap – Listed
·         The Queen's Vase – Group 3
·         The Buckingham Palace Stakes – Class 2 handicap
 
Day 5 – Saturday 21 June
 
·         The Chesham Stakes – Listed
·         The Hardwicke Stakes- Group 2
·         The Diamond Jubilee Stakes – Group 1
·         The Wokingham Stakes – Class 2 heritage handicap
·         The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes – Class 2 handicap
·         The Queen Alexandra Stakes – Class 2 conditions race

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