Ready, Steady, GO! - Royal Ascot 2012 coming up in June
Last updated: 14th June 2012
Royal Ascot 2012 commences on the 19th of June until the 23rd of June. As one of the most prestigious events in the racing calendar the highlight will no doubt be Ladies Day, the day of the Gold cup. Last year's Gold Cup winner was Fame And Glory ridden by jockey Jamie Spencer.
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History of Royal Ascot
Royal Ascot dates back 300 years when Queen Anne had the idea for a place for “horses to gallop at full stretch”. Seven riders took part in the first race held at Ascot on 11th August 1711 and each horse had to weigh 12 stones. The race consisted of three separate heats and each heat was a staggering four miles!
In 1784, the first permanent building was built by George Slingsby and held 1,650 people, it was used until 1838. One of the highlights of Royal Ascot is The Gold Cup which was introduced in 1807. The Gold Cup attracted large crowds of ladies and is now aptly referred to as ‘Ladies Day’.
The horse Yeats has the record for the most Gold Cup wins, winning the Gold Cup 4 consecutive times between 2006 and 2009. Ridden by jockey Johnny Murtagh and owned by Mrs John Magnier and Mrs David Nagle.
Don't miss The Queen's horses which are distinguishable with the Queen's racing colours: purple with gold braid, scarlet sleeves and black velvet cap with gold fringe.
Getting to Ascot
Royal Ascot Transport Ascot Racecourse is located in the heart of Ascot with good transport links from the M25, M3 and M4 if coming by car. There are also a range of coach operators who travel to Ascot Racecourse annually. If coming by rail, the closest railway station is Ascot Station, only seven minutes walk from the racecourse. There are frequent services to Ascot Station from Reading, London Waterloo and Guildford.