Royal Ascot is one of the most exciting, exhilarating and glamourous events of the racing calendar. Find your Royal Ascot tickets below.
History of Royal Ascot
Royal Ascot dates back over 300 years when Queen Anne had the idea to create a place for “horses to gallop at full stretch”. Seven riders took part in the first race held at Ascot on 11 August 1711 and each horse had to weigh 12 stones. The race included three separate heats and each heat was a staggering four miles.
The first permanent building was built by George Slingsby in 1784. It held 1,650 people and was in use 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 Ascot Gold Cup 4 consecutive times from 2006 and 2009. Yeats was ridden by jockey Johnny Murtagh and is owned by John Magnier.
One of the exciting parts of the Royal Ascot is the arrival of the Queen each day. You can watch out for the Queen’s horses with by looking out for their distinguishable racing colours: purple with gold braid, scarlet sleeves and black velvet cap with gold fringe.
The prestige and excitement of the Royal Ascot makes it not only one of the most exciting horse events of the year but one of the most glamorous. Each year Royal Ascot tickets are in high demand.
Getting to Royal Ascot
Ascot Racecourse is located in Berkshire with good transport links from the M25, M3, M4 and M0, 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. The station is a seven minutes’ walk from the racecourse. There are frequent services to Ascot Station from Reading, London Waterloo and Guildford.