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Beginners guide to Doncaster St Leger Festival

One of the biggest old classic races arrives at Doncaster Racecourse this September for 4 days of fabulous dining, classic horse racing action and upbeat entertainment. The horse racing celebrations begin at one of Britain’s oldest racecourses on Wednesday 11th -14th September where guests can enjoy the St Leger Festival in the newly refurbished hospitality facilities or the five-storey grandstand, offering some of the best views over the pear-shaped racecourse.

The St Leger Festival is one of the most prestigious race meetings in the Autumn horse racing calendar, held at Yorkshire racecourse and continues to be Doncaster’s biggest event of the year in the sport. The event is also known for being one of the oldest classic racing in the World, which adds to the day’s action, as the flat season comes to an end.

Featured Race

If your heading down to Doncaster for a Saturday full of horse racing action on St Leger Day, keep your eyes on the fourth race, the William Hill St Leger Stakes. This race boasts some of the most commended three-year-old colts and fillies who race over 1 mile 6 furlong 115 yards to the finishing post. If we look back into the history of the festival it all first began in 1776, when the sport would have been running differently for sure. One of the differences is the distance of the St Legers Stakes, as it was originally ran over 2 miles and is now ran over a shorter distance.

The lucky winners of this race are estimated a return of around £700,000 and jockey Ryan Moore has won two consecutive Leger Stakes from 2017-2018, adding a win to trainer Aidan O’Brien’s 6 wins in this race. In this year’s race, the Irishman has trained 10 out of the 24 runner’s finest runners, hoping for at least one winner.

But who other than Frankie Dettori leads the way for the Jockeys in this race as he’s taken five wins, his last being 11 year ago in 2008 on Conduit. Unfortunately for him, last year saw him slightly miss the top spot and take second place on Lah Ti Dar. Will he show up at 3.35 on Saturday to change his 11-year drought in the St Leger Stakes?

The luck of the Irish seems to be written all over this race with 3 out of the last 4 St Leger Stakes having been won by Irish horses. Take the TIP and join the winning section. Whilst this is the most anticipated race of the day, and perhaps the festival, the action doesn’t end with the Leger Stakes at Doncaster and race enthusiasts can look forward to a few more races from the Leger Festival.

The Opening Day of the festival is where it all begins at Doncaster and sure is a special one, as it is the only charity race for ex jockeys. The race helps the Northern Racing College and rehabilitation Centre for injured jockeys at the Jack Berry House. Following on from 2010 when the first Mondialiste Leger Legends race started, it has now become an annual race at the festival. The charity race is lined for 3.35pm with a 1 mile run around the pear-shaped track.

The final Ladies Day of the year ends at Doncaster racecourse and they welcome the best in fashion for the second day of the St Legers Festival as over 15,000 racegoers dress to impress and let’s not forget the entertainment from DJ Melanie C, because the party won’t stop. Female jockeys go head to head in the Silks Series final. The race promotes the sport’s female jockeys and is held in 13 racecourses around the UK, making it the biggest race of Ladies Day. Get ready for the anticipated Silks Series race which runs at 4:20pm.

Gentlemen’s Day commences on Friday. The Doncaster Cup is a Group 2 race which takes place on the third day of the festival, it is one of the oldest races to take centre stage at a meeting, and therefore has become the featured race on Gentlemen’s Day. Ryan Moore continues to hold the leading jockey title in this race with 4 wins, his most recent being last year which saw him win on Thomas Hobson. The race is a long-distance race of 2 miles 1 furlong and 197 yards. Get your bets ready for 3.10pm as the race begins.

Dress Code

The Dress code at Doncaster Racecourse calls for smart attire from both female and males. Trainers and sportswear should not be worn, neither fancy dress. It is asked that men wear a collard shirt, jacket and a tie in line with whichever enclosure or restaurant dress code they are situated in.

Ladies should be dressed to impress as they go head to head to grab the title of best dressed. This title is not just any award as the winner goes ahead to represent the Racecourse in the final of Yorkshire’s Best Dressed Lady in the coming months.


What’s a horse racing meeting if you don’t put on at least one bet while your there? Whether you’re a betting fanatic or first-time punter get your bets ready for the St Leger Festival. Race goers can put as little as £1 on a horse but your also welcome to put £100, whether you have been given a favourable tip or you fancy the name put your bets down. Most of our packages include race cards which allows you to see the runners in each race, this is where your betting begins. Guests can place their bets at the many betting stands around Doncaster racecourse and inside of the hospitality suites.

Racing jargon:

  • Non-runner – pick another horse cause unlucky this one isn’t running
  • Listed Race – One of the featured races, very competitive
  • Under orders – when the horses are preparing to start the race, this is when no bets can be made
  • Going- condition of the ground. (TIP: some horses prefer a certain going)


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York Ebor Festival 2019: Enable Wears the Crown on Ladies Day

ENABLE stole the show once again, extending her winning streak to 12. The ‘super’ mare has 10 Group 1 Races under her saddle now.

On the Knavesmire yesterday it was #EnableDay and race enthusiasts were perhaps both joyous at the fact of being able to see her in action and low in spirits knowing that this is likely to be her last ever race on British soil. She dazzled yesterday at the York Ebor Festival, winning the 10th Group 1 Race of her career to remain the unbeaten ‘super’ mare. The odds were already in her favour and her victory may not have come as a shock to most but she is still a delight to watch, with her strong form and utter power. Frankie Dettori couldn’t praise the mare enough, claiming that he’ll “never have a horse like her in my [his] life.”

Magical did start slightly out in front in the Yorkshire Oaks Stakes and set pace amongst the small group but when Dettori asked Enable to move, the mare wasted no time to do so, all whilst making it look easy. With only three opponents, some might ask: Was there ever any competition?

On the straight, Ryan Moore’s Magical galloped fiercely to comeback and draw alongside Enable but just couldn’t match her speed and Enable soon cleared away from the pair by almost three lengths to reign victorious once more. The Khalid Abdullah owned mare heads onto the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe next, where she will run her final race and hope to win her third successive title at the renowned French race. She’ll be up against some tough competition this year but there’s no telling what this horse is capable of! Enable really is a horse of a lifetime and it goes without saying that no matter where she places, her legacy will continue on for years.

Also taking centre stage on Ladies Day was of course, the fashion and glam. Ladies – and gents – stepped out and showed out in their best attire, donning bold colours, striking prints and larger-than-life fascinators. Spectators were taking advantage of the warm weather and whilst the Ebor Festival has no formal dress code, racegoers were encouraged to take inspiration from ‘wedding attire’ and elegance was everywhere to be seen. This year short dresses and skirts seemed to be the favourite amongst the ladies. What do you think the staple piece for next year will be?

But as expected on Ladies Day, the excitement didn’t cease there as there was as much action on the racetrack as there was off the racetrack.

The opening race on Ladies Day, the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes, saw Living In The Past break away from rivals Liberty Beach and Good Vibes. Living In The Past set pace early within the race to distance herself from the group and though bookies favourite, Liberty Beach made late gains, it seemed her efforts were left a little too late as the filly achieved a second place finish.

Ryan Moore’s, Mum’s Tipple left the Knavesmire in awe with his stupendous performance. The 7-2 favourite practically ran his own race, winning the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes by a phenomenal 11 lengths. There was no other horse in close range!

Moore was handed a penalty because of this, with the stewards stating that he wrongly used his whip as he was “clearly winning” in the final furlong. Though perhaps in the moment, with adrenaline coursing, he could only see the finish line. Nevertheless, that two-day suspension shouldn’t dishearten the jockey too much after that jaw-dropping performance. We look forward to seeing how far Mum’s Tipple will go in the future, perhaps a mile-long course is on the cards?

In the 3pm, Clipper Logistic Handicap, it was a hold your horses’ moment when What’s The Story took the prize pot by a nose against 10-1 rival, Vale of Kent. Kynren, the 7-2 favourite chased the leaders from over one furlong out and kept the same pace in the final furlongs, to place third.

After the spectacular race, in which Enable won her 10th Group One title, it was the luck of the Irish as 3-1 favourite, Search for a Song galloped to victory in the Galtres Stakes. At one point, it was looking like a tight tussle between Search for a Song, Vivionn and Spirit of Appin but Search for a Song was finely tuned and sprinted past the opposition to give Dermot Weld his second win. The filly was victorious by a length and three-quarters from second-place finisher Vivionn, in what was only her fourth career start.

In the final race of the day, the Class 2, British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Handicap, 66-1 Excellent Times may have upset some of the punters, with his first-place finish. The favourite, Salayel at 3-1 came a disheartening fourth place. He did try to keep on in the final furlongs but Excellent Times, Agincourt and Chalet were just that little bit stronger.

Today, the sun shines brightly once again on the Knavesmire for day three of the festival. You can expect York’s Ebor Nunthorpe Day to be as thrilling as the first two at York, with the sprinters looking to have all eyes on them this afternoon. The mighty Stradivarius will be making his return to York Racecourse in the Lonsdale Cup and for the punters he could mean big pound signs.

In the Group One, Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, Ten Sovereigns is looking like the hot favourite but as you racegoers will know, this race is highly unpredictable. Battaash is looking like serious competition for Ten Sovereigns and there are even debates about Mabs Cross being victorious. She had better form in the Nunthorpe Stakes this time last year, losing by just a nose. She’s had Group One victory since then and Gerald Mosse will be looking to finish first this year after just missing out last year. Either way, this sprint is sure to be exhilarating! Who do you think will take first place?

York Ebor Festival 2019: Off to a Galloping Start!

Japan edges past the people’s favourite, Crystal Ocean and Frankie Dettori’s Logician, makes an epic win on the Voltigeur.

The York Ebor Festival got off to a galloping start yesterday! As British Summer draws to a close this iconic four-day event is one of the last in summer sporting calendar and still a firm favourite, attracting thousands far and wide! As expected, its opening day, the Juddmonte International did not disappoint.

In the Sky Bet & Symphony Group Stakes, bookie favourite Dakota Gold completed the hat-trick by winning the opening race at the York Ebor. There were fears he may not have been able to outlast the 5.5 furlongs but he’s headstrong and tough this horse, who went on to win by a clear stretch!

Valdermoro took the punters by surprise in the Acomb Stakes at York. At 9-2 in the odds, he was expected to perform worse than Ryan Moore’s Harpocrates and it was looking that way too until the final furlong. Hamilton’s Valdermoro made up ground and chased clear of the leader who was over one furlong out – it was magic to witness! This horse will definitely be going a step further soon, with trainer Richard Fahey mentioning that “one day, he’ll be a proper horse.”

We saw something very special in the Group 2 Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes. Frankie Dettori’s Logician, at 10-11 blew us all out the stands when he beat Ryan Moore’s 5-2, Constantinople and extended his unbeaten record to four. Logician looked comfortable behind Norway, alongside Constantinople and Nayef road but when Dettori asked him to perform, my did that horse perform. Logician set pace and galloped fiercely away from the group to beat Constantinople by over a length and Norway, an immense seven lengths! He’s become the St. Leger’s favourite, which comes at no surprise, this colt has good form.

At 3.35pm, the long awaited and highly anticipated Juddmonte International Stakes commenced. With a £1million prize pot, the prestigious Group One race is definitely the highlight of the day. Crystal Ocean was the people’s favourite though Japan and Frankie Dettori’s, King of Comedy were also prizeworthy contenders. Crystal Ocean, alongside Circus Maximus started out ahead, though Circus Maximus struggled to keep up with the 5-year-old bay horse. It was looking good for Crystal Ocean but in his final dying strides, Japan put his head down and won by a head, sending the packed Knavesmire stands in a frenzy! The bookies are now forecasting Japan to be the main threat to Enable in Longchamp’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

In the Sky Bet Handicap, James Doyle’s Eddystone Rock, powerfully edged away from the group to lead in the final strides and finished first. To close a fantastic first day, 20-1 Owney Madden outshone favourites Pop Dancer and Monoski to take first place.

Today at Ebor Festival it’s Ladies Day! A day that combines high-fashion and racing excitement, expect to see head-turning garments. Who do you think will be crowned best dressed this year?

We have hospitality for both the York Dante Festival and the York Ebor Festival in 2020! Head over to our York Hospitality page to secure your packages for both of these highly renowned meetings or call us on 0121 233 6500.

Four Reasons to get Excited about York Ebor Festival

York Ebor festival is one of the oldest and richest festivals within the horse racing calendar. From Wednesday 21st August, racegoers from all across the country will flock to York Racecourse to experience four fabulous days of thrilling horse racing. Here are four reasons why, if you haven’t already, should start getting excited about this fantastic festival!

Fashion, darling!

First established in 1843, the Ebor festival is, without a doubt, renowned for its fashion and prestige. Throughout the festival, racegoers take the opportunity to dress up to the nines, ensuring that they feel as luxurious as their surroundings. Day two of the festival is Ladies Day, which is not only the social highlight but also one of the most prominent events within the entire horse racing season. With Ebor being synonymous with elegance and style, this is the day where the ladies vamp it up in a bid to win the much-coveted best dressed prize.  This year, Slingsby gin will be the headline sponsor for Ebor Fashion Lawn, which will be taking place throughout the festival. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the racegoers’ love of style. There are six prizes available, which include; best dressed lady, best dressed gentleman, best dressed couple, runner up best dressed lady and gentleman, best hat and best dressed child. Why not sign up and strut your stuff for your chance to win anything from a £250 luxury hamper to a ‘distil your own’ gin experience!

Frankie Dettori and Enable

Racegoers will be delighted to learn that superstar Enable will be back with Frankie Dettori for Darley Yorkshire Oaks. The race is set to be a challenge as rival Magical has also been confirmed to run. Detorri won the race with Enable back in 2017 but will she be able to persevere and come out on top this year? Dettori declared the thoroughbred ‘the queen of racing’ after a victorious run in the Eclipse Stakes. Clearly full of admiration for the mare, Dettori went on to reveal that he never stops getting excited when he rides Enable and how much he ‘really loves her.’ To witness the iconic duo competing at the Ebor festival, will truly be a captivating experience.

Fabulous food and drink

Fancy arriving to Ebor and being greeted with a champagne reception? There are a number of amazing hospitality packages and food and drink options to enjoy at York Racecourse. From a box in the Knavesmire Stand to the Dante Suite to simply fluttering throughout the bars and restaurants scattered about the racecourse, there really is something for everyone. Dwell in grade II listed buildings with modern interiors, sip on some Moet and indulge in some delectable food whilst revelling in the racing action.

Fantastic atmosphere

Above all, a day at Ebor is guaranteed to provide you with constant enjoyment. This is a chance to get dressed up and witness some of the finest horse racing in the country in a lively yet elegant social environment. If you’ve never considered attending this exhilarating festival, it’s not too late to get involved! Head on over to our hospitality page for further details on last minute availability and give you and your guests a day to remember!

Cheltenham Festival 2020: Handy Guide

Cheltenham Festival 2020: Everything you need to know

Cheltenham Festival will once again descend on Cheltenham Racecourse in 2020. The annual meeting is one of the highlights of the racing calendar. The event sees many of the best British and Irish trained runners compete for the victory. The highly anticipated event will no doubt provide excitement and nail biting action for all race goers to enjoy. The four day festival features some of the sports best Grade One races. Highlights include the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle and Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Let’s look back at the history of the event and find out more about what to expect from the upcoming 2020 festival.

Cheltenham Festival History

The first race of the Cheltenham Festival known as “The National Hunt Chase” took place in 1860 in Market Harborough. Originally Cheltenham Festival races were held in a variety of different locations. Warwick Racecourse was amongst the most popular location before the early 1900’s. The official move to Prestbury Park was in 1911. Prestbury Park have played host to the Cheltenham Festival each year ever since.

The oldest most renowned race at Cheltenham Festival is undoubtedly the Stayer’s Hurdle. First ran in 1912 the championship race is a highlight of the meeting.

There have been many triumphant wins over the years and history has certainly been made. A memorable win in history dates back to 1987 which saw the first female jockey win a race. 21 year old Gee Armytage made a remarkable stamp in history inspiring many.

After 2005, came the introduction of a four day festival instead of three. This change meant a championship race could be held on each day. Which gave more racing enthusiasts a reason to celebrate. A four day extravaganza of racing, horses and action. The atmosphere at Cheltenham Festival is unimaginable. There really is no better way to experience Cheltenham Festival than first hand.

Cheltenham Festival 2020

Let’s now delve into more about what to expect from the 2020 meeting. We have put together a run down of each day to help make deciding which day to attend a little easier. Whether you want to get glammed up on Ladies Day, feel lucky on St Patrick’s Thursday or experience all the thrills from Gold Cup Day there’s plenty to enjoy.

Champion Day 2020

Champion Day kicks off the Cheltenham Festival on 12/03/19. Presented by Magners this day looks to set off the Cheltenham Festival in true style. Uniting racegoers from all over for a day of enjoyable racing and nail biting action. The famous “Cheltenham Roar” unites fans from far and wide to celebrate the first race of the festival. Champion Day plays host to one of the biggest races of the season; The Champion Hurdle. Successful winners have included the likes of Hurricane Fly Sea Pigeon. There’s plenty of racing action for you all to enjoy. Other races on the day include:

• The Supreme Novices Hurdle
• The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy
• OLGB Mares’ Hurdle

You can enjoy Champion Day in style with our exclusive VIP Cheltenham Festival hospitality and tickets. Treat your valued clients to an experience to remember at Cheltenham. You and your guests can choose from packages with fine dining, a private balcony or champagne reception. Make the start to the Cheltenham Festival an unforgettable day and celebrate in style.

Ladies Day 2020

The excitement doesn’t stop there. Think glam, style and elegance as thousands descend on Cheltenham Ladies Day on 13/03/19. Ladies Day is one of the most popular days of the meeting thanks to the high quality racing. The highlight of the day is the Queen Mother Champion Chase. The quickest and most able horses will compete in hopes of being victorious. Previous winners include the likes of Master Minded and Flyingbolt. The other races on the day are:

• Management Novices’ Hurdle
• The RSA Chase
• The Coral Cup
• The Wetherby’s Champion Bumper

Ladies Day has become a staple piece across racing events and Cheltenham Festival is no different. Ladies put on their frocks, most extravagant hats and descend on Prestbury Park in hopes of being the best dressed. It is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a new outfit and get glammed up. Feel even more like a VIP with our luxurious hospitality packages. They are certain to make you and your guests feel special for the day. With private boxes and VIP access to the renowned Silks available there is no better way to enjoy Ladies Day. Network with your clients and guests in true luxury.

St Patrick’s Thursday 2020

Are you feeling lucky? Attending St Patrick’s Thursday needs to be on everyone’s bucket list. The exhilarating atmosphere is unrivalled and there’s plenty of fun to be had. The Guinness will no doubt be in abundance as many enjoy an exciting day at the races. There’s plenty of racing action to be enjoyed throughout the day including the following races:

• The Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle
• The Ryanair Chase
• The JLT Novices’ Chase, Novices´ Hurdle
• Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day early in true style with our exclusive hospitality packages. They are certain to ensure you and your guests have a memorable experience full of laughs, fun and unrivalled hospitality. Once again you can choose from packages with four course luncheons, afternoon tea and a champagne reception. Add a touch of glamour to your team day out and feel like a VIP for the day.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Day 2020

The final day of the Cheltenham Meeting is a mighty event! Cheltenham Gold Cup Day is one of the biggest events in racing. With thousands wanting to experience a bit of the action. Playing host to the most prestigious chase in the world, the Timico Gold Cup is the true highlight of the week. Racing enthusiasts will be in their element as they embark on an unforgettable day at the races.

The racing action continues with:

• The Triumph Hurdle
• The Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle
• Martin Pipe Hurdle
• The Grand Annual Chase

Conclude Cheltenham Festival the right way with our VIP hospitality. Once again you will be truly spoilt from beginning to end. Gold Cup day is definitely one where you can truly celebrate with co-workers and clients. Network, socialise and let your hair down with all that there is to offer from the great event. There really is no better way to experience all the action than on Gold Cup Day.

Whether a racing newbie or a true fan we are certain you will have a day to remember.

VIP Facilities

As we have mentioned our VIP hospitality packages are available on all four days of the Cheltenham Festival Meeting. The exclusive facilities on offer need little introduction. They will provide the perfect atmosphere to host a day out at the races with your clients. You can enjoy an experience in the prestigious Silks or maybe you would prefer your very own private Grandstand Box? There’s plenty to choose from to suit the needs of your party.

Other VIP exclusive facilities include:

• The Venue
• Long Run Restaurant
• Long Run Private Box

Whether you want a private location or to be amongst all the action we are certain our facilities will suit your needs.

Have you decided on what day is most appealing yet? We are certain you will have an unforgettable experience. Be sure to book up fast as every year Cheltenham Festival is a high demand event. You and your guests deserve a VIP experience like no other. Think luxury, glamour and elegance and get on down to Cheltenham Festival 2020. Let us take all the worries of the day away with our VIP hostess team. All you need to focus on is betting on the winning horse, right? Laugh with your clients, network over drinks and build stronger relationships in the most perfect environment. Cheltenham Racecourse looks forward to welcoming you and your guests for a VIP experience like no other.

Book your VIP Cheltenham Festival Hospitality and Packages for 2020 now!

There’s Only One Frankie Dettori


14:30   A’Ali 5/1

15:05   Sangarius 13/2

15:40   Star Catcher 4/1

16:20   Stradivarius 1/1

17:00   Biometric 28/1

17:35   South Pacific 22/1

Ladies Day brought racegoers into Royal Ascot with bright, bold, statement pieces, nothing less than what you could’ve imagined for Ladies Day. The sun was shining or at least trying to, being one of the better days of the previous two over at Ascot.

The man of the moment Frankie Dettori had a terrific start to the day yesterday placing first in four of the first races, with a seventh Gold Cup victory. But that’s where it stopped for Dettori as after his fourth win his luck soon faded. After the great performance from yesterday Dettori is now in first place for the leading jockey of Royal Ascot 2019. With two days until the final day of Royal Ascot can he hold onto that title at  he continues to play at the Frankie playground.

Dettori kicked off his four consecutive wins in the Norfolk Stakes on A’Ali. The horse was the first Maiden to win this race in 30 years. A close call at the finishing post as A’Ali and Ventura Rebel paced over the finish with mini seconds apart. While Dettori’s second win was just the opposite of that with a clear length ahead of the others over the finishing post.

Star Catcher defiently caught up with the other runners in the Ribblesdale Stakes, leading two furlongs out. Making it a third win of the day for the legend of the day.

The awaited Gold Cup race saw Dettori take his fourth and last win of the day. The leading jockey achieved a record breaking seventh win of the Gold Cup. Stradivarius being the bookies favourite and delivered what Royal Ascot racegoers wanted, with the horse retaining a second Gold Cup. Taking Ladies Day by storm Dettori also made trainer Gosden day as he brought home two wins for the trainer on Star Catcher and Stradivarius.

Young jockey Harry Bentley has a taste of victory with his first win at Royal Ascot stopping Frankie Dettori in his tracks from getting an all clear 5/5 wins at Royal Ascot. The young jockey rode Biometric out pacing Dettori’s horse Turgenev who lead the race until the final moments when it really counted.

South Pacific gave jockey Seamie his first win at Royal Ascot 2019, taking the last win of Ladies Day. Trainer Aiden O’Brien also taking his fourth win at Ascot this week.

Royal Ascot Day Two Review


14:30 – Raffle Prize 18/1

15:05 – Dashing Willoughby 6/1

15:40 – Crystal Ocean 3/1

16:20 – Move Swiftly 9/1

17:00 – Afaak 20/1

17:35 – Southern Hills 7/1

We began the second day of Royal Ascot yesterday, again it didn’t disappoint. The weather wasn’t on everybody’s side but that doesn’t stop the horse racing and celebrations down at Ascot.

Frankie Dettori was off to a good start on the second day of Royal Ascot winning the Queen Mary Stakes, riding Raffle Prize. Dettori not being a big fan of the wet weather didn’t seem to be bothered by this after taking the win. The race saw Kimari lead until the final furlongs when Raffle Prize paced to the finishing post. An overall good performance from Kimari who had only had one previous entry before coming to Ascot.

It all came down to the last few strides as Dashing Willoughby, Barbados and Nayef Road race it out to be the first over the finishing line in the Queen Vase race yesterday afternoon. Dashing Willoughby was the first to hit the finishing line with Barbados coming in second place and Nayef Road in third. A very tight finish from the three horses, but a great finish for jockey Oisin Murphy who had a fantastic start to his come back after missing Salisbury earlier this month.

And Frankie Dettori strikes again for a second time as he takes first place with Crystal Ocean in the Prince Of Walesʼs Stakes, leaving behind Magical just a few strides from the finishing post. Dettori will be back for the Gold Cup at Ladies Day riding Stradivarius. Can the horse win the anticipated Gold Cup for a second time.

Daniel Tudhope leads Move Swiftly into first place in the fillies group 2 race. He now becomes one of the leading jockeys at Royal Ascot in the short two day period with 3 wins, also helping trainer William Haggas achieve a third win at Royal Ascot. Move Swiftly took first place over Rawdaa who was ridden by third place leading jockey Frankie Dettori, who definitely don’t believe third time lucky as he was defeated for his third win of the day.

A photo finish needed for the Royal Hunt Cup as Afaak takes the win after 260 days off, coming back with a massive win. Clon Coulis finishing second place but favourite New Graduate was nowhere to be seen near the finish, leaving Dettori with 2 wins at Ascot on the second day of Royal Ascot.

Show Me Show Me wanted it’s time to shine in the last race at Ascot yesterday after breaking out of the stalls to run the track solo. The lively filly became inpatient while waiting for the other horses to get into their stalls but later was withdrawn from the race. Southern Hills took the win home for jockey Ryan Moore after beating Platinum Star to the finishing post, giving Moore his third win at Ascot this week equalising with Danny Tudhope for the leading jockey.

Ladies Day commences today and we are looking forward to seeing some of the great races Royal Ascot has to offer, and of course not forgetting the great outfits. For more updates on Royal Ascot head over to our Twitter @EventmastersUK.

Royal Ascot Day One Review


14:00 – Lord Glitters

15:05 – Arizona

15:40 – Blue Point

16:20 – Circus Maximus

17:00 – The Grand Visir

17:35 – Addeybb

What a great start to Royal Ascot we saw yesterday, at the opening day of the 5 day celebrations. A fantastic entrance by the Queen and the royals who where brought into Ascot on a horse and carriage. The Queen wearing a stunning baby blue ensemble, which seemed to be the choice of colour for most ladies at Ascot yesterday.

The first race saw favourite and last year’s winner Accidental Agent left in the starting stall, allowing Lord Glitters to take 1st place at Ascot.

Back to back Champion jockey Silva De Sousa was given a 7 day ban and fined £1050 after using his whip above the permitted level on horse Beat The Bank, who came second in The Queen Anne race leaving peoples favourite Arizona to finish in 1st place. Still only a young horse Arizona is one to watch in the future after the brilliant win at Ascot.

What a replay from last year did we get from Blue Point and Battaash with both horses going head to head again at the final furlong, Blue Point taking 1st place. Battaash wasn’t looking strong at the beginning with the horse staying behind, but that changed heading into the final furlongs.

A fantastic start to Royal Ascot for jockey Ryan Moore who had a double win with Circus Maximus in The St James’s Palace Stakes and Arizona in the Kings Stand Stakes. Moore is set to ride the Queens horse Seniority in today’s Royal Hunt Cup.

The Grand Visir takes 1st place in The Ascot Stakes after a good run from Jukebox who lead the race until half way around the track. That was until The Grand Visir and Buildmeupbuttercup took the lead heading into the final stride, The Grand Visir taking 1st place leaving Buildmeupbuttercup in second place.

The final race of the day saw trainer William Haggas take home his 1st win at Royal Ascot 2019 with horse Addeybb. It became a one horse race at the final furlong when Addeybb took the lead being lengths in front of the pack.

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Royal Ascot 2020: A Beginner’s Companion

Royal Ascot is revered for its high fashion, exceptional racing and fine dining experiences – not to mention the royalty that graces the event each year.

The racing spectacular takes place over five days with up to six world-class races taking place each day, accompanied by a number of other must-see happenings. So, for the new racegoer, it’s understandable to be overwhelmed.


Being one of the most prestigious events in the horse racing calendar, The Royal Ascot attracts the finest from the equestrian world to compete for huge sums of money. Last year a record amount of £13,452,000 was the total sum in prize money, so its no wonder that racegoers are eager to bet.

For the novice, placing a bet on a horse may seem like a complex task but it is easy to enjoy a “flutter” at the races without breaking the bank.

First, buy a Racecard, or look through the Racing Post which lists the names of all the horses to be competing that day, as well as their jockey and trainer, which tends to be an effective way of identifying your winner. This information is first available online five days before the event.

Check the condition of the track. It’s wise to remember that the track’s condition will impact a horse’s performance. Get your hands on the “going report” as this will inform you of the racing grounds moisture content and surface condition.

Check the odds! Low odds on a horse means that it is more likely to win, whereas higher odds indicate that it is less likely to win. Keep in mind that odds will fluctuate until the race commences.

Now decide whether you want to bet “To Win” or “Each Way”. Betting “To Win” is as simple as it sounds, the horse you bet on must win in order for you to make a return. To bet “Each Way” is double the cost but means that you win if your horse finishes first, second, third, or fourth (dependant on how many runners there are).

Where to find the best views…

Royal Ascot 2020: A Beginner's Companion

Royal Enclosure

Unprecedented views of all the horse racing action. It began as a space exclusively for Kings and Queens but now operates as a membership only enclosure.

The Royal Enclosure also has VIP gazebos inside the Winning Post Gardens for its exclusive members.

Queen Anne Enclosure

At the east end of the revered grandstand, you’ll find the Garden Club which is an idyllic space comprising of elevated views of the tracks closing furlongs. Truly stunning views for witnessing the horses battle for glory.

In the luxurious Silks Lawn, private gazebos overlook the track, which again offer striking views of the racing action.

The Queen Anne Enclosure also allows its guests to enjoy front row seats of the Royal Procession, as well as close access to the Parade Ring and Winners Enclosure.

Village Enclosure

This is the newest enclosure to The Royal Ascot – only opened in 2017! The Village Enclosure offers a modern take on the horse racing experience. Situated inside of the track and facing the iconic grandstand, this enclosure provides unique and immersive views for its guests.

Windsor Enclosure

The Windsor Enclosure is located along the straight. Here, you’ll be the first to witness the Royal Procession and the horses in action as they charge towards the winning post!

Style Guide…

First time attending one of the most prestigious meetings of the horse racing season? Stressing over what to wear? We’ve got all the tips for you right here.

Think traditional, think regal, think formal.

Ladies, if you’re in the Royal Enclosure or the Queen Anne Enclosure strapless and sheer dresses or tops will not be permitted. All dresses, skirts, jumpsuits and trouser suits must fall at or below the knee. Hats or headpieces must be worn at all times.

Gentleman, in the Royal Enclosure you are to wear either black or grey morning dress and that should be paired with a black or grey top hat. However, if you are in the Queen Anne Enclosure a full-length suit of matching colour and a formal tie, which must be worn at all times will suffice. Socks must also be worn.

In the Village Enclosure, formality eases a little and ladies may now wear either a hat, headpiece or fascinator of any sort. Again, strapless and sheer dresses or tops, including off-the-shoulder wear is impermissible.

Gentleman in the Village Enclosure may now wear a jacket with full-length trousers should they choose to. Bow ties and cravats may also be worn in this enclosure.

There is no official dress code in the Windsor Enclosure but ladies and gentleman are encouraged to wear formal attire. Moreover, it only adds to the Royal Ascot experience!

Also, don’t be too fashionably late. You’d want to avoid the crowds and arrive in good time to see all the racing action.

Royal Ascot 2020: A Beginner's Companion

For a more in-depth account of what to wear visit our Royal Ascot 2020: Dress Code page.

Enhancing your experience…

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From fine dining to exclusive bars; afternoon tea to private boxes. All ticket holders can enhance their racing experience with a hospitality package, which provides a truly unique experience.

These packages are the perfect way for you to indulge in the racing atmosphere and guarantee an unforgettable day at such an iconic racecourse, by providing unrivalled views and services.

Eventmasters are delighted to provide exceptional Royal Ascot Hospitality Packages so that you and your guests may have the opportunity to combine the thrills of flat racing with a VIP experience.

The atmosphere in these dining facilities are incredible!

Royal Ascot 2020: A Beginner's Companion

Enjoy the exquisite atmosphere at the Royal event and secure a sumptuous Royal Ascot hospitality package to go with it, courtesy of Eventmasters.

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Royal Ascot

Around 10am today is the start of Royal Ascot for many race goers visiting Ascot for the Royal five days of celebrations. Royal Ascot sees 300,000 race goers across the five days of celebrations, and a huge 509 horses running to get that top spot.

The five day royal celebrations begin today with The Queen Anne Stakes group one race at 14:30 starting off Royal Ascot 2019. This will be a one mile race with horses being four plus years old. Last year saw Accidental Agent take first place with Lord Glitters behind at second. Both horses are back this year in The Queen Ann Stakes, but Mustashry ridden by jockey Jim Crowley is the people’s favourite. Could the first race of Royal Ascot give jockey Jim Crowley his first win of the five day event at Ascot, which sees him ride in five of the races this week.

The Coventry Stakes is a big race for trainer Aidan O’Brien who has four of his horses running in the 15:05 race this afternoon. One of these being favourite Arizona, who won his last race at Curragh in May this year. Potentially one of O’Brien’s strongest contenders in the race.

The third race of the day is another group one race with a distance of five furlongs. Last year’s winner of the Kings Stand Stakes was Blue Point who is back to secure 2 consecutive wins in this race, but can second place Battaash take this year’s top spot, after being beaten last year near the finishing post. Now back for a second year Battaash is the favourite in the 15:40 race.

Too Darn Hot is making a start at the 16:20 The St James’s Palace Stakes this afternoon, with an impressive start within the first year of racing, Too Darn Hot is coming into the top two of all races. Last months ride at Curragh saw the horse in second place with first place Phoenix Of Spain starting in todays 16:20 race. Is Too Darn Hot ready to lead the pack in todays race or will it be a repeat of Curragh for both horses.

Coeur de Lion is back for The Ascot Stakes, running at 17:00. Last year saw the horse reach sixth place, but is the potential weather forecast at Ascot the winning strike here for Coeur de Lion whose better going is heavy to soft. Not ruling out Macini ridden by jockey Sousa, a back to back winner of Britain’s champion jockey. This horse tends to be a leader of the track and has the potential to take the lead at Ascot today. Not one of the favourites today at Ascot but the horse could be a potential game changer.

The Wolferton Rated Stakes begin at 17:35 ending the first day at Royal Ascot 2019. Definitely one to watch in this race would be Mountain Angel whose last win at Ascot in May 2018 saw a clear final furlong, finishing in top spot. Also taking a double win at Epsom last month. Can the weather be onside for Mountain Angel and secure a win with a soft going.

Let’s begin Royal Ascot with some winner!