Top Flat Horse Race
Royal Ascot is the highlight of the flat racing year in Britain, with many of the world’s finest racehorses competing for total prize money in excess of £6.5 million.
Her Majesty The Queen has attended every Royal Meeting during her reign and the Royal Procession heralds the start of racing each day. The five-day meeting is also one of the fashion events of the year and is broadcast to audiences around the globe.
Other runs in the horse racing season includes the Epsom Derby.
Over 300,000 people make the annual visit to Royal Ascot, making it Europe’s best-attended race meeting. There are eighteen group races in all, with at least one Group One event each day. No other sporting venue can boast such a rich and colourful heritage and it is one of the highlights of the British social calendar.
The Royal Ascot Racecourse
Ascot Racecourse was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne with the first race carrying a purse of 100 guineas. In 1813 Parliament secured the future of Ascot by passing an Act to ensure that the grounds would remain a public racecourse.
A new grandstand was opened in 1839 and the Ascot Authority was established in 1913 to manage the racecourse. The Royal meeting was the only event at Ascot until 1945 but further meetings were introduced, including steeplechases and hurdles in 1965.
Ascot Racecourse closed for a £200-million redevelopment in 2004, and was reopened by Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth in 2006. Ascot Grandstand has 247 private boxes with a private bar, waiting staff and easily accessible betting facilities on each level.
The Grandstand provides all racegoers with the best possible views of the track and the racecourse can accommodate up to 70,000 people per day at Royal Ascot. The Galleria has boxes with stunning track-side views with restaurants and catering facilities on the opposite side.
The Parade Ring
The Parade Ring now has a viewing capacity of 8,000 while The Pavilion has been refurbished with bars and betting facilities. Two new underpasses were constructed to ensure a continuous racing surface and improve the flow of traffic. Ascot will be the opening of the new ‘Village Enclosure’ for Royal Ascot 2017. This is the first new enclosure to open at the Royal Meeting for more than 100 years.
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