Royal Ascot is famous for its connection with the British royal family, members arriving in horse-drawn carriages daily. Queen Elizabeth II herself is among those attending every day, more than 300,000 racegoers enjoying Royal Ascot each year.
It is broadcast to more than 50 countries, with an array of international competitors from as far afield as Japan, Australia and the US. Royal Ascot punters bet on everything from race winners, to what colour hat The Queen will wear. On this page, you will find tips for betting on Royal Ascot, some interesting betting markets, and some useful Royal Ascot odds information.
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You can find Royal Ascot odds at the best online betting sites, with betting markets available on all of the big races a long way in advance of the race itself.
More and more races and scenarios are priced up as the meeting approaches and individual race markets can change dramatically with a stunning performance - or a complete flop, from a likely Royal Ascot contender, especially if he is trained at one of the big yards.
New contenders are added to ante-post markets as we progress through the season, as candidates begin to show their credentials.
Royal Ascot is a major summer target for so many of the higher-rated horses in training so connections can plan a horse's challenge. It therefore lends itself perfectly to ante-post betting. The benefits of betting on Royal Ascot ante-post is the potential of bigger betting odds, particularly on horses who have more than one option at the meeting.
Royal Ascot winners are nearly always given an immediate quote by most horse racing bookmakers for the following year, whether that be the corresponding contest or a different one, depending on what stage of the horse’s career they are at.
Royal Ascot’s many handicaps don’t get priced up until the entry-stage much nearer the time, usually around 2-3 weeks ahead of the meeting, while the weights for the handicaps are published the following week.
There will be occasions when a horse wins a high-profile handicap, like the Victoria Cup at Ascot, he/she is priced up for one of the big handicaps at the Royal meeting even before the entry stage.The draw takes place at the 48-hour declaration stage, and stalls position can have a major bearing on how the market moves from that point. Once all entries are out, auxiliary markets like Top Royal Ascot Trainer/Jockey tend to be priced up.
You can bet in-running on all Royal Ascot races on the exchanges. A number of the large online bookmakers also update their prices whilst the race is being run.
There are a number of advantages to betting in-play, for example, a fancy of yours might have a history of breaking slowly from the stalls, so you want to make sure they break on terms before making an investment. Of course, once that happens, that horse’s odds are likely to be significantly shorter.
However, the downside is that often the best odds are available before the start of the race, particularly for outsiders, who will often be huge prices on exchanges pre-race. While they won’t offer in-running race prices, spread betting companies will allow you to bet in-running on longer-term markets like top jockey and trainer.
Win or Each-Way | It's the most common horse racing bet there is, putting your money on a horse to win the race. But if you're not sure, and the odds are big enough, place an each-way bet: that means you will get a return if the horse wins, and if it places.
Placepot | Run by the Tote and now available on at all good horse racing betting sites, the Placepot is the classic 'small-stakes-to-win-big' bet that gives you an interest in almost every race on the card. Read our guide to playing the Placepot.
Lucky 15 | The Lucky 15 is a bet consisting of 15 bets placed on four horses. Within the bet is 4 singles, 6 doubles, 4 trebles, and a four-fold accumulator. You only need one of the horses to win (or place, if you've had an Each-Way Lucky 15) to get a return.
Top Royal Ascot Jockey | This is a popular bet for punters who fancy several mounts of one particular jockey, often from their retained connections, like Ryan Moore who would be on board a number of fancied runners from the powerful Aidan O’Brien yard. This market gets updated at the close of play each day festival.
Top Royal Ascot Trainer | This market is normally dominated by big guns like Aidan O’Brien and John Gosden, who would both be saddling a large number of favourites through the week. Like the top trainer market, prices are updated at the close of play each day festival.
Top Royal Ascot Owner | Racing fans will be familiar with the navy blue silks of Coolmore, the green, white and red colours of Enable’s owner Khaled Abdullah, and the royal blue of Godolphin, and these powerful owners tend to dominate the top owner market at Royal Ascot. They own many of the most expensive and best-bred horses in training and will responsible for a large proportion of Royal Ascot favourites.
Colour of The Queen’s hat | Yes, you read that correctly, you can bet on the colour of the Queen’s hat every day of Royal Ascot. Her Majesty’s choice of outfit has become a real point of interest – although it’s anyone’s guess how bookmakers derive their prices for this market.
|Tuesday||Queen Anne Stakes||1m||£600,000|
|Tuesday||King's Stand Stakes||5f||£500,000|
|Tuesday||St James's Palace Stakes||1m||£500,000|
|Wednesday||Prince Of Wales's Stakes||1m2f||£750,000|
|Thursday||Ascot Gold Cup||2m4f||£500,000|
|Saturday||Diamond Jubilee Stakes||6f||£600,000|
Royal Ascot has been run at Ascot Racecourse in England since 1768. It has grown into the most valuable and prestigious horse racing meeting in the UK, prize money totalling more than £7million, and Royal Ascot betting turnover exceeding £150million, across five days of Group 1 racing each June.
Royal Ascot takes place at Ascot, a most beautiful town in leafy Berkshire. The course, owned by Ascot Racecourse Ltd, enjoys close associations with the British Royal Family given its close proximity (6 miles) to Windsor Castle.
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