Royal Ascot is without a doubt one of the finest occasions held in summer. Each year, the prized event takes place over five days in June and combines spectacular horse racing with a glamorous social atmosphere. Guests can enjoy multiple Grade One races, gorgeous fashion choices and unrivalled dining options. All taking place in the beautiful setting that is Ascot Racecourse. Now, for those of us who can’t wait until the Royal Meeting commences, we now have a dedicated ‘trials’ raceday to look towards!
Everything You Need To Know About The New Trials Day
With the jumps season in full force, flat racing fans are eagerly anticipating the return of flat racing – Royal Ascot being the renowned highlight. Racegoers can now look forward to Royal Ascot Trials Day in preparation for the big meeting! Find out everything you need to know about this raceday below!
What is the Royal Ascot Trials Day?
Royal Ascot Trials Day, previously called Sagaro Stakes Raceday, is the first Flat meeting held at Ascot racecourse. The raceday will function as a preparation for the key races at the Royal Ascot meeting.
When is Royal Ascot Trials Day?
This year, Royal Ascot Trials Day will be held for the first time on Wednesday 1st May 2019. In years to come, it should remain and take place in late April or early May.
What races will be held on Royal Ascot Trials Day?
The raceday will feature a total of seven races which will serve to prepare horses for Royal Ascot, four of which will be specific trials.
The opening race will be specifically for two year olds, named the Royal Ascot Two-Year-Old Trial, it will allow free entry for connections. The winner of this race will be granted complimentary entry to a two-year-old race at Royal Ascot.
There will also be a Merriebelle Stable Commonwealth Cup Trial Stakes which will form significant preparation for the Group One Commonwealth Cup at the grand Royal Meeting. Royal Ascot’s Commonwealth Cup is one of the most thrilling races featuring some of the biggest horses such as Quiet Reflection and Sand Of Mali competing.
The Longines Sagaro Stakes will now function as a Royal Ascot Gold Cup Trial race. This race is a key contest early in the season and has been won by the likes of Estimate and Colour Vision who then went on to attain the highly coveted Gold Cup title.
Trials day racegoers will be able to find Royal Ascot clues in the Paradise Stakes, now the Queen Anne Stakes Trial. Last year the Queen Anne Stakes winner Accidental Agent finished third in the Paradise Stakes. Thus horse racing fans can keep a keen eye out on this race to see which contenders will provide a strong test for the Queen Anne Stakes.
What are the changes at Royal Ascot?
This year at Royal Ascot, there will be a few minor changes to the racing schedule to be aware of.
The Windsor Castle Stakes will be run as the sixth race on the card on Wednesday 19th June 2019. The Jersey stakes will be run as the second race on the card on Saturday 22nd June 2019. This race will then be followed by the Hardwicke Stakes. The Queen’s Vase has now been reverted to a closing race. The prize money for this race has now been increased by £25,000, making it a total of £225,000.
What can I expect at Royal Ascot?
Expect nothing but the best at this year’s Royal Ascot meeting! Flat racing fans can look forward to some of the greatest Group One races including: the Queen Anne Stakes, the King’s Stand Stakes and the St James’s Palace Stakes on the Tuesday of the meeting. The Prince of Wales’s Stakes takes place on the Wednesday and of course the riveting Gold Cup race on Ladies’ Day. Friday of Royal Ascot sees the Commonwealth Cup and the Coronation Stakes taking place. And the final day of Royal Ascot boasts The Diamond Jubilee Stakes!
With so many Group One contests held at Royal Ascot each year, racegoers are sure to witness the finest in flat racing.
What other changes are taking place this flat season?
The 2019 flat season at Ascot Racecourse sees a number of new changes this year! May Racing Weekend will see two new races, making each day a seven race card. Friday’s additional race will be a six furlong handicap held in the afternoon and worth a grand £10,000, whilst Saturday’s race will be a 1m2f handicap also worth £10,000.
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