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Royal Ascot 2021: 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.

Betting…

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 for 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 2021: A Beginner's Companion

Royal Enclosure

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

Gentlemen 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 2021: A Beginner's Companion

For a more in-depth account of what to wear visit our Royal Ascot 2021: Dress Code page.

Enhancing your experience…

Want to make the most of your Royal Ascot experience? Get an upgrade.

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 is incredible!

Royal Ascot 2021: 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.

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Royal Ascot’s Most Iconic Horses

Royal Ascot is an unrivalled event. The five days alone attracts well over 300,000 racegoers who enjoy everything this splendid meeting has to offer. From a multitude of Group One races to the statement fashion choices displayed and luxurious hospitality options – Royal Ascot has much to adore.

As the excitement for Royal Ascot 2020 continues to build, we’ve put together five of the most iconic horses to run in Royal Ascot history. Perfect for fuelling your desire for next year’s event!

A History of Great Runners at Royal Ascot

Brown Jack (1924–1948)

A horse of many talents – Brown Jack was a thoroughbred racehorse that raced both on hurdles and on flat. He specialised in longer races and throughout his career won in many prominent races including: Cheltenham’s Champion Hurdle and the Queen Alexandra Stakes.

During the years of 1929 and 1934, Brown Jack achieved a victory which is highly unlikely to be repeated again. The runner won the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot for six years in a row – an achievement like no other!

The fact that Brown Jack started his career as hurdler is a unique trait. As a four-year-old, he attained glory at Cheltenham Festival before he switched to flat racing in the same year. Demonstrating his talent in different forms.

Brown Jack also won the Ascot Stakes title in 1928, his trainer Ivor Antony saw him win a further ten titles over the next six years.

In honour of the prolific winner, Ascot holds a spectacular bronze statue of the horse.

Attraction (foaled 2001)

Attraction will be remembered as a Royal Ascot icon following her run in the 2003 edition fo the G2 Queen Mary Stakes. At just two-years-old, the unstylish pedigree, having been born with two crooked legs took the Royal Ascot race by storm.

Unbeaten in seven races, the Mark Johnston-trained horse returned a year later to record an eighth consecutive win in the Grade 1 Coronation Stakes. Despite having abnormal legs, the mare had great success and Johnston is regarded as a phenomenal trainer.

After winning on her racing debut she went on to win four more successive races before going lame for a year. She was the first filly to win both the English and Irish 1000 Guineas and during her career, won 10 of her 15 races – a truly remarkable horse.

Yeats (foaled 2001)

Another phenomenal racer – Yeats is an Irish thoroughbred racehorse who has seven Group One victories to his name. He is also the only horse to win Ascot’s Gold Cup four times successively.

Yeats’ four successive Gold Cup triumphs during 2006 and 2009 ensures he goes down in history as one of the greatest horses ever to grace the Royal Ascot turf. Much to the glory of trainer Aiden O’Brien.

His wins in the Coronation and Goodwood Cups helped in setting a great platform for his future successes.

The runner’s dominant displays in the Gold Cup earned him the honour of European Champion Stayer four years in a row.

Shortly after his retirement, Royal Ascot paid tribute to the four-time champion. In 2011, a statue within the Parade Ring was established, forever commemorating Yeats’ extraordinary accomplishments.

Black Caviar (foaled 2006)

The international superstar that is Black Caviar. The Australian thoroughbred racehorse was undefeated in twenty-five races, including fifteen Group One victories.

In 2012, Australia’s most celebrated horse ran the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, establishing a commanding lead to triumph in the final furlong.

Black Caviar retired as one of the most famous horses around the world. With the privilege of ending her career with a flawless record of twenty five consecutive victories. Nonetheless, her stunning performances at Royal Ascot shines brightest.

Frankel (foaled 2008)

The best horse ever seen. Frankel is British Thoroughbred racehorse who managed to remain unbeaten in his fourteen-race career and was the highest-rated racehorse in the world from May 2011.

His trainer, the late and great Sir Henry Cecil described him as “the best horse I have ever seen” – a grand title to bear, to say the least.

Frankel’s 2011 performance in the 2011 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes certainly contributed to establishing his formidable reputation as one of the greatest.

His commanding display in the 2000 Guineas was one that cemented his legacy. The other competitors knew they were in the presence of significant greatness as Tom Queally drove his mount clear of all his Royal Ascot pursuers with incredible ease.

After the Queen Anne Stakes on Champions Day, Frankel was awarded a rating of 147 – the highest rating to ever be bestowed on a racer. Undoubtedly cementing his name as one of the greatest of all time.

Estimate (foaled 2009)

The Irish-bred horse Estimate is a thoroughbred racehorse who has won many major titles. A notable victory was the Queen’s Vase that she won at Royal Ascot when she was a three-year-old. The runner continued to attain success, winning the Sagaro Stakes and the Gold Cup.

The superstar filly is owned by Queen Elizabeth II and trained by Sir Michael Stoute.

Indeed, the Royal family have always been closely allied with Royal Ascot and a victory for a horse, such as Estimate, bearing The Queen’s colours is celebrated and cherished more than any other winner.

In 2012, Sir Michael Stoute trained Estimate who carried the Queen’s silks into the Royal Ascot winners’ enclosure, after taking the Queen’s Vase title with Ryan Moore.

The next year, the four-year-old filly entered into grade one racing for the first time when she ran in the Ascot Gold Cup. Ryan Moore timed his late charge to complete perfection and Estimate was able to make history and claim Gold Cup glory for the Royal Family for the first time.

Who Will Make History at Royal Ascot 2020?

As we pay tribute to these glorious horses, room must be made for the next generation of Royal Ascot iconic runners.

With Royal Ascot 2020 speedily coming upon us, it will be interesting to see which horses will make history at one of Britain’s most prized horse racing events. You do not want to miss out!

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

With exquisite fine-dining and superb VIP service in some of the most appealing hospitality facilities in the world; Royal Ascot corporate hospitality packages are the only way to truly relish in this prestigious event.

Royal Ascot 2021: A Guide to the Enclosures

Royal Ascot is a dazzling event, which the Queen has attended since her reign, departing from Windsor Castle down to the prestigious racecourse.

Attendees who wish to revel in the excitement of Royal Ascot have the choice of four different enclosures. Within these enclosures, guests can view all of the sporting action and enjoy a fashionably social atmosphere, including views of the Royal procession.

Being spoilt with such spectacular choices, it is often hard to decide which enclosure to enjoy Royal Ascot in. So, for those of you stuck for choice, we’ve put together a guide on the different enclosures, to help make the decision just a little easier.

Once decided, find the perfect base with Eventmasters Royal Ascot 2021 Corporate Hospitality. Our facilities provide VIP access to different enclosures paired with luxury hospitality – the finest way to enjoy Royal Ascot.

What Are The Enclosures?

Situated at Ascot Racecourse, the enclosures for Royal Ascot include:

  • The Royal Enclosure
  • The Queen Anne Enclosure
  • The Windsor Enclosure
  • The Village Enclosure.

The Royal Enclosure

The Royal Procession at Royal Ascot

Prestige at its finest. The Royal Enclosure is highly exclusive and often thought of as the beating heart of Royal Ascot.

Featuring serene gardens which lead towards the Pre-Parade Ring, as well as numerous Michelin star fine dining experiences. The Royal Enclosure is bursting with rich splendour.

Prized guests can also enjoy elite access to the Grandstand’s fourth-floor seated balcony, which has sublime viewing lawns that overlook the Winning Post.

Membership to this enclosure is through invitation only although existing members can sponsor new members, or invite two guests into the Royal Enclosure during Royal Ascot except on Tuesday.

Eventmasters Hospitality guests receive exclusive Royal Enclosure guest badges with our Balmoral Restaurant packages!

The Queen Anne Enclosure

A lively, vibrant enclosure! Named in honour of Ascot’s founding monarch, the Queen Anne Enclosure is situated closely to the Parade Ring and the Winners’ Enclosure.

Royal Ascot Enclosure

Full of elegance, including charming afternoon tea rooms, luxury champagne bars, lawns and raised terraces. Queen Anne Enclosure bookings also allow guests to enjoy stunning front-row views of the Royal Procession.

The enclosure saw a glamorous addition in 2018 with ‘The Deck’, and now the Queen Anne Enclosure offers a private, large outdoor sun terrace and a live DJ.

In the Queen Anne Enclosure, the celebrations carry on… After the last race, guests gather around the famous bandstand and enjoy humorous sing-alongs. A well-established tradition!

Eventmasters provide access to the Queen Anne enclosure with various hospitality packages at Royal Ascot PavilionThe Carriages RestaurantThe Furlong ClubThe GalleryThe Lawn ClubThe Old Paddock Restaurant and Private Boxes.

The Village Enclosure

Royal Ascot Hospitality Guests Enjoy Drinks

A new one at Royal Ascot, the Village Enclosure was introduced in 2017 – the first new opening in over 100 years!

Situated against the backdrop of the legendary Ascot Grandstand, The Village Enclosure provides a stylish location to enjoy the event.

Featuring boutique restaurants, classy champagne/cocktail bars and exciting pop-up dining options.

Music throughout the day provides an atmosphere second to none! Live bands and DJs play on until around 9 pm. Perfect for enjoying some post-race socialising as the sun sets on Ascot Racecourse.

Eventmasters provide access to the Village Enclosure with many hospitality packages at Ascot Village, the Village Chalet and the Villiers Club.

 

The Windsor Enclosure

A light-hearted and more relaxed atmosphere is provided with the Windsor Enclosure.

Royal Ascot Horses Running Down towards the Wining Post

A less formal dress code applies as you are not required to dress smart, and picnics are allowed on site! Guests are also able to order pre-made picnics to collect on the day, and artisan food stalls line the enclosure alongside attractive Champagne and Pimm’s bars!

Guests of this enclosure are blessed with a vibrant atmosphere, first views of the Royal Procession and the horses charging past towards the Winning post.

The crowds within the Windsor enclosure often set the tone of excitement through the day. The thrill continues well on into the evening too with live music and DJs until 7pm.

With such fabulous Enclosures to choose from, each one offers something unique and memorable, which makes for a splendid day at Royal Ascot.

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

With exquisite fine-dining and superb VIP service in some of the most appealing hospitality facilities in the world; Royal Ascot Corporate Hospitality Packages are the only way to relish this prestigious event truly.

When is the Grand National 2021?

We sadly had to miss out on the 2020 Grand National as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Although disappointing, the break gives us even more to look forward to for the 2021 Grand National!  The world’s most famous steeplechase is set to resume in 2021 and will once again bring fans from around the globe to Aintree Racecourse as three days of outstanding National Hunt Racing comes into view.

Grand National 2021 Dates

The opening fixture of the event, suitably renamed Liverpool’s NHS Day to honour NHS staff, commences on Thursday 8th April. Then follows Ladies Day on Friday 9th and finally Grand National Day itself on Saturday 10th.

The three-day meeting is renowned for hosting some spectacular racing spectacles, including the Betfred Bowl, the JLT Melling Chase and of course, the treasured Grand National race.

What Time is the Grand National?

The festival’s blue riband event, the Grand National, which takes place on Saturday 10th April, is set to commence in the evening!

The showcasing jumps race sees 40 runners take on the daunting obstacles of Aintree’s 30 fences over the course of four and a half miles.

With up to 150,000 racegoers expected to be in attendance across all three days – it certainly looks to be an occasion for all to cherish.

What to look forward to in the Grand National 2021

Undeniably, what racegoers were most looking forward to was the chance to witness the great Tiger Roll in action. The thoroughbred was on track to secure his third consecutive Grand National win for the 2020 meeting. No other horse has been able to secure this record. During the 1970’s, Red Rum, won the Grand National three times but not consecutively. Tiger Roll could be the first horse to secure this achievement, hence why the 2020 meeting was so anticipated.

Trainer Gordon Elliott stated that the right decision was made to cancel the 2020 Grand National and has said that Tiger Roll will be back for 2021. “There is every chance of him competing and he hasn’t got that many miles on the clock, and we will be training him back for the Grand National again.”

Grand National 2021 Hospitality

With luxury Grand National packages and VIP tickets available in the fabulous Silks Restaurant and Corbiere Suite, you will be sure to impress your valued clients and guests with a day of unrivalled luxury. You’ll be able to savour a splendid luncheon, complimentary bar, stocking the finest wines and beers, full afternoon tea and a cordial Bucks Fizz reception. Tote betting facilities will also be made available, as well as a VIP hostess service and resident celebrity guest tipsters.

All this, coupled with the finest panoramic views of Aintree Racecourse, makes our corporate packages truly worth savouring.

Savour a day at Chester with Silks!

Grab your race cards and finest attire! The Chester May Festival is hoving swiftly into view! Three spectacular days of racing await at this treasured flat racing venue, with proceedings getting underway for Chester City Day on Wednesday 5th May 2021. Thursday sees the return of Ladies Day whilst Friday plays host to one of the most famous and historic races of the season for the very first time, the Chester Cup.

Whether looking to entertain your prized clients, enjoy a day with the family, or simply get the weekend off to a racing start, a visit to Chester Racecourse presents the ideal opportunity to rally the troops and enjoy the excitement of live on-turf action.

It is the hospitality, however, that is arguably the event’s real showstopper.

Eventmasters’ Silks facility has established itself as a firm favourite among racegoers in recent years. Offering prime viewing from its premier course-facing position on the racecourse, it allows guests to soak up the sun-splashed action in true style.

But a prime vantage point certainly isn’t the only highlight at this splendid corporate setting. A cordial prosecco reception, four-course luncheon, and all-day complimentary bar are also among the package’s other signature benefits!

MAKE IT A DAY TO REMEMBER WITH EVENTMASTERS’ CHESTER MAY FESTIVAL HOSPITALITY.

Full package details for our Silks facility can be found below:

  • Festival pavilion admission badge (Access to the Paddock & County Lawn)
  • Exclusive use of the chalet throughout the day
  • Prosecco reception
  • Four course luncheon
  • Afternoon tea
  • Complimentary bar throughout the day
  • Racecard
  • Car park pass (1 per 2 guests)
  • Floral decoration
  • ChesterBets facilities
  • Plasma TV Screens
  • Experienced Eventmasters event management in attendance throughout the day

Discover day-by-day availability for the Chester May Festival below:

Wednesday – Chester City Day

Thursday – Ladies Day

Friday – Chester Cup Day

Alternatively, please call our Chester May Festival hospitality specialists on 0121 233 6500. Thanks to our thirty years of industry experience, we excel in delivering a service unrivalled by most.

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