Royal Ascot 2023 is edging closer, what do I need to know?

Royal Ascot is getting closer by the day with anticipation and excitement for five days of enthralling racing growing every day

All eyes will be on Ascot Racecourse in June 2023 when the latest renewal of Royal Ascot will begin on Tuesday 20th June. The action will then draw to a close on Saturday 24th June 2023.

2022 saw many memorable moments, one such moment came on day one.

Nature Strip won the King’s Stand Stakes on the opening day, and it was an emphatic win for jockey James McDonald who finished four and half lengths ahead of Twilight Calls in second place. It was Acklam Express and Mooneista who rounded off the top four.

Day two of last year’s Royal Ascot saw a historic moment take place. O’Brien, riding State of Rest, won the 2022 Prince of Wales’ Stakes ahead of Bay Bridge and Grand Glory who had to settle for second and third respectively. This was a first ever Royal Ascot win for trainer Joseph O’Brien, aged just 28.

One of the most significant races of Royal Ascot is the Gold Cup, which takes place on day three of the festival. It was Kyprios, ridden by Ryan Moore emerged victorious in the Gold Cup with Mojo Star and Stradivarius completing the top three in 2022.

What made this victory even more significant was because Stradivarius is one of the most successful horses in the history of the Gold Cup with three wins in the race at the time of writing. If victory in the race had been secured, it would have matched the record of legendary horse Yeats, who won the race no less than four times (2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009).

The current favourite to win the 2023 Gold Cup at Ascot is Broome, and for good reason. After finishing 5th in the Amir Trophy in Doha (Qatar), Broome went on to win the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan (United Arab Emirates).

Day Three of Royal Ascot is much more widely known as Ladies’ Day, with fashion taking centre stage. If you require further information on what you should be wearing for the Royal Ascot in 2023, why not take a look at Royal Ascot dress code.

The Royal Ascot has is one of the most historic race meetings in the sport, with the first royal meeting having taken place at the Ascot Racecourse all the way back in 1768. The festival has only increased in popularity in the intervening years, with 300,000 people attending the racing across the five days, with 70,000 turning up for Gold Cup Day.

Legendary jockey Frankie Dettori recorded an incredible 8 wins in the Gold Cup alone. His first win came with Drum Taps in 1992 and 1993, before going on to win with: Kayf Tara (1998), Papineau (2004), Colour Vision (2012) and Stradivarius (2018, 2019 & 2020).

Ryan Moore made history in 2015’s renewal of the Royal Ascot when he rode nine horses to victory over the course of the festival.

With the Royal Ascot just weeks away, excitement and anticipation is building for what is set to be an enthralling five days of world class horse racing once again.

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