Ascot Racecourse is a British racecourse used for thoroughbred horse racing. The racecourse is located in Ascot and is one of the best racecourses in the United Kingdom. It’s a borough of Maidenhead and Windsor. It was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne and is owned by Ascot Racecourse Ltd, though it has close ties to the British Royal Family.
Ascot Racecourse is a flat course type staging 26 days of racing over the course of the year which consists of 18 flat meetings. It has no hills along the racetrack but offers a flat course. Throughout the winter months, the racecourse stages major jump racing. It hosts 9 of Britain’s 32 annual Group 1 horse races. However, the Queen Elizabeth and King George VI Stakes which is run in July is the most prominent race. In addition, the Royal Meeting held every June is also a vital draw with its focal being The Gold Cup.
§ Christmas Racing Weekend.
§ Clarence House Chase Raceday
§ Ascot Chase Raceday
§ Royal Ascot
However, the Royal Ascot remains the centerpiece of Ascot Racecourse since it was founded. Every year, it is attended by members of the British Royal Family as well as Elizabeth II. During this event, the Royal procession opens every race day and the Royal Family members arrive every day in a horse-drawn carriage. Ascot Racecourse also started holding Champions’ Day to raise its sport’s profile by attracting the best horses.
Nevertheless, apart from horse racing, the racecourse also hosts other events. Its home to Royal Ascot Cricket Club with their ground occupying the middle of the course. It also has a clubhouse and sometimes used for filming. In addition, it hosts the Ascot United F.C towards the eastern side.