We've got everything you need for Royal Ascot 2017, including betting tips, features, odds, racecards, free video form and the latest results.
Britain's most valuable race meeting is well under way (Tuesday June 20 to Saturday June 24) as an array of the world's top-class horses compete for at least £6,665,000 in prize money in front of Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal Family.
The Gold Cup was an epic as Big Orange held off defending champion Order Of St George to clinch glory while there has also been Group One success for Ribchester, Lady Aurelia and Highland Reel.
Here, we have everything you need including a daily race schedule complete with links to the racecards and free video form, the , results, exclusive betting tips and features, plus details of the TV coverage and much more!
1. Betting tips & features
2. Royal Ascot schedule, racecards & form
3. Where & when to watch on TV
4. Key trials
5. Royal Ascot offers
6. Tickets & cost
7. Dress code details
8. History & conditions of Grade One races
9. Prize money breakdown
10. The Queen's Royal Ascot winners
Royal Ascot: Betting tips & features
Our team expert of tipsters, including Value Bet columnist Ben Linfoot and Sky Sports' Alex Hammond, will be providing insight and selections for all five days of Royal Ascot right here so keep this page bookmarked for now!
Value Bet: Ben Linfoot seeks out the best Value Bets on day four of Royal Ascot and he has two selections on Coronation Stakes day.
Catching Pigeons: Our Catching Pigeons column returns with tips and gossip ahead of Friday at Royal Ascot.
Simon Holt: Top commentator Simon Holt believes a plan can come together in the King Edward VII Stakes on Friday for Sir Michael Stoute.
Daily racing preview: Blue Point can claim the notable scalp of Caravaggio on his way to Group One glory, says Anita Chambers. She has a tip for every race.
Irish Eyes: Our Irish Eyes column expects Caravaggio to live up to star billing in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot on Friday.
Royal Ascot Money Back & more!: Man On The Spot marks your card for day four of Royal Ascot while we highlight Sky Bet’s top offers.
Royal Ascot trends and stats: Ian Ogg analyses the last 10 renewals of the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and picks out the key statistics.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes guide: We've got a runner-by-runner guide to the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday.
Royal Ascot stat attack: Mal Boyle runs through some of the historic figures for today's races at Royal Ascot and highlights the trainers to follow.
Royal Ascot: Daily schedule, racecards & free video form
TUESDAY JUNE 20
WEDNESDAY JUNE 21
4.20: Prince of Wales's Stakes (Group One)
1st Highland Reel 9/4
2nd Decorated Knight 10/1
3rd Ulysses 9/2
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5.00: Royal Hunt Cup (Handicap)
1st Zhui Feng 25/1
2nd Blair House 16/1
3rd Tashweeq 66/1
4th Ballet Concerto 20/1
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THURSDAY JUNE 22
FRIDAY JUNE 23
SATURDAY JUNE 24
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What TV channels is Royal Ascot on and when does the coverage start?
Ed Chamberlin and Francesca Cumani will present the ITV coverage from 1.30pm on all five days of Royal Ascot and will broadcast every race. Joining Ed and Francesca for expert analysis on ITV are Sir AP McCoy and Jason Weaver, with on-course reporting from Oli Bell. Brian Gleeson will provide an Irish angle on the action, while Matt Chapman will have the latest betting news. Lucy Verasamy will provide weather forecasts, and Richard Hoiles will be in the commentary box.
Racing UK will also screen the whole meeting and their presentation team is set to be led by Lydia Hislop, Stewart Machin, Rishi Persad, Tom Stanley and Alex Steedman, with Dave Nevison bringing you the latest from the betting ring.
Royal Ascot: Key trials for the Group One races
Sky Bet: Latest news & offers
Sky Bet are now offering their customers the chance to bet non-runner no bet on ALL races at Royal Ascot.
Across all five days there will be a host of other offers including the Sporting Life Price Boost double, Money Back races and extra-place races.
Royal Ascot: Ticket details and cost
There are still some tickets available for this year's Royal Ascot, although all three enclosures on Saturday June 24th have sold out.
The cheapest tickets available start at £37 in the Windsor Enclosure while there are £68 tickets available for the Village Enclosure as well as £75 and £88 tickets left for the Queen Anne Enclosure.
Royal Ascot dress code
If you're lucky enough to have a ticket for Royal Ascot, here's some pointers on how to look the part...
Gentlemen: Black or grey morning dress is a requirement and must include a waistcoat and tie, black or grey top hat & black shoes.
Ladies: Formal daywear is a requirement, and hats should be worn. However, strapless or halter neck dresses are not permitted and neither are fascinators. Only headpieces with a solid base of 4 inches or more are permitted.
Queen Anne Enclosure & Village Enclosure
Gentlemen: Matching suit with a shirt and tie
Ladies: Encouraged to dress for a formal occasion, and a hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times. However, strapless or sheer strap dresses are not permitted.
Racegoers are encouraged to wear smart clothes but no formal dress code applies except that replica sports shirts are not permitted.
Royal Ascot: Group One Race Histories & Conditions
The Queen Anne Stakes
Founded in 1840, the Queen Anne Stakes commemorates the monarch who established racing at Ascot in 1711. Run as the Trial Stakes until 1929, the Queen Anne Stakes was first awarded Group 3 status in 1971, becoming Group 2 in 1984. The race, attracting Europe's top older milers, achieved the highest three-year average rating of any Group 2 race in Britain from 1999 to 2002 according to the then International Classifications and was elevated to Group 1 status accordingly in 2003. At that time, it moved from the traditional opening race on the card to the fourth race. However, in 2008 it reverted to its traditional slot, opening the meeting.
The King's Stand Stakes
A Stand Plate was first run on the round course in 1837, becoming the Royal Stand Plate in 1858. The race was re-named the Queen's Stand Plate in 1860 for two-year-olds, over the sprint distance of four furlongs, finally becoming the King's Stand Plate in 1901. Today the race remains a sprint, although now run over the minimum trip of five furlongs for three-year-olds and upwards. In 2005, it became the first British leg of the Global Sprint Challenge and in 2008 it was promoted to Group 1.
The St James's Palace Stakes
Named after the Tudor Royal residence, the inaugural running of the St James's Palace Stakes in 1834 was a walkover for the Derby winner Plenipotentiary. This race features the best male milers from the Classic generation, often attracting horses that have run in the English, French and Irish 2,000 Guineas.
The Prince of Wales's Stakes
The Prince of Wales's Stakes, first run at Royal Ascot in 1862, is named after the son of Queen Victoria (later to become King Edward VII). Originally staged over a mile and five furlongs, the race often attracted horses that had participated in the Classics. There was no Prince of Wales's Stakes from 1946 until 1968, a year before the current Prince of Wales's investiture in 1969, when the distance changed to one mile and two furlongs. In 2000, The Prince of Wales's Stakes was upgraded to Group 1 status and restricted to four-year-olds and upwards.
The Gold Cup
Founded in 1807, the Gold Cup (which, contrary to popular opinion is not called the "Ascot Gold Cup") is the oldest and one of the most prestigious races at Royal Ascot. Staged over the marathon trip of two-and-a-half miles, the race is a stiff test of stamina and attracts the very best staying horses in Europe. Many horses have distinguished themselves with dual Gold Cup wins, enhancing the race's reputation as a specialists' event. Sagaro won three times in the 1970s but Yeats did better still, becoming a four-time winner in 2009. The Queen's Estimate won the 2013 Gold Cup, providing her with her 22nd Royal Ascot winner.
The Commonwealth Cup
The Commonwealth Cup was a completely new race in 2015 and joined the King's Stand Stakes and Diamond Jubilee Stakes to become the third Group 1 sprint at Royal Ascot. The race, run over six furlongs, is restricted to three-year-olds and was put in place as a Europe-wide measure to create a better Pattern for young sprinters and improve the quality of sprint races across the continent. Several races in the run up to the Commonwealth Cup were promoted in tandem, including the Pavilion Stakes at Ascot, in April to Group 3.
The Coronation Stakes
First run in 1840, the Coronation Stakes was founded to commemorate the crowning of Queen Victoria in 1838. This mile event is the fillies' equivalent of the St James's Palace Stakes and attracts horses that have run in the English, Irish and French 1,000 Guineas.
The Diamond Jubilee Stakes
Formerly known as the Cork and Orrery Stakes, Royal Ascot's most prestigious sprint was given a new name - the Golden Jubilee Stakes - and elevated to Group 1 status to celebrate The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002. Ten years later, it assumed the mantle of Diamond Jubilee Stakes. First run in 1868, this six-furlong contest was originally named after Lord Cork, another Master of the Buckhounds. In 2005, the race became the second British leg of the Global Sprint Challenge and in 2015, it became a race for four-year-olds and upwards, as the three-year-olds have the Commonwealth Cup option.
Royal Ascot 2017 Prize Money
The prize money on offer at Royal Ascot is up to a record £6,665,000 and follows an increase of £1,000,000 across the lucrative meeting last year.
This year's rises are for the Queen’s Vase, which is up to £150,000 from £90,000 having been promoted to Grade Two status from listed, while the Group Two King Edward VII Stakes also goes up this year from £200,000 to £225,000.
Here are the prize money details for all 30 races, which consist of 19 Group races (eight of which are Group Ones), four Listed, six handicaps and the closing Queen Alexandra Stakes, the longest Flat race anywhere on the racing calendar.
Group One races
Prince of Wales’s Stakes - £750,000
Diamond Jubilee Stakes - £600,000
Queen Anne Stakes - £600,000
Gold Cup - £400,000
King’s Stand Stakes - £400,000
Commonwealth Cup - £400,000
Coronation Stakes - £400,000
St James’s Palace Stakes - £400,000
Group Two races
King Edward VII Stakes - £225,000
The Hardwicke Stakes - £225,000
Ribblesdale Stakes - £200,000
Duke of Cambridge Stakes - £175,000
Coventry Stakes - £150,000
Queen’s Vase- £150,000
Queen Mary Stakes - £110,000
Norfolk Stakes - £100,000
Group Three races
Jersey Stakes - £90,000
Hampton Court Stakes - £90,000
Albany Stakes - £80,000
Windsor Castle Stakes - £80,000
Sandringham Stakes - £80,000
Chesham Stakes - £80,000
Wolferton Rated Stakes - £80,000
Wokingham Stakes - £175,000
Royal Hunt Cup - £175,000
Britannia Stakes - £120,000
King George V Stakes - £90,000
Ascot Stakes - £80,000
Duke of Edinburgh Stakes - £80,000
Queen Alexandra Stakes - £80,000
The Queen's Royal Ascot Winners
The Queen's involvement with horse racing began in 1952 and a year later she celebrated her first Royal Ascot winner when Choir Boy triumphed in the Royal Hunt Cup.
The Queen has since enjoyed 22 more successes, with the most memorable of course being in 2013 when she won the Royal Ascot Gold Cup for the first time thanks to Estimate's victory under Ryan Moore.
Here's a breakdown of all The Queen's Royal Ascot winners:
1953 - Royal Hunt Cup - Choir Boy
1954 - Hardwicke Stakes - Aureole
1954 - Rous Memorial Stakes - Landau
1955 - King George V Stakes - Jardiniere
1956 - Royal Hunt Cup - Alexander
1957 - Ribblesdale Stakes - Almeria
1957 - New Stakes - Pall Mall
1958 - Rous Memorial Stakes - Snow Cat
1958 - King Edward VII Stakes - Restoration
1959 - St James's Palace Stakes - Above Suspicion
1959 - King Edward VII Stakes - Pindari
1961 - Coronation Stakes - Aiming High
1968 - Hardwicke Stakes - Hopeful Venture
1970 - Ascot Stakes - Magna Carta
1979 - Queen's Vase - Buttress
1979 - Ribblesdale Stakes - Expansive
1992 - Royal Hunt Cup - Colour Sergeant
1995 - Ribblesdale Stakes - Phantom Gold
1999 - Duke of Edinburgh Stakes - Blueprint
2008 - Chesham Stakes - Free Agent
2012 - Queen's Vase - Estimate
2013 - Gold Cup - Estimate
2016 - Hardwicke Stakes - Dartmouth
Ben Linfoot seeks out the best Value Bets on day four of Royal Ascot and he has two selections on Coronation Stakes day.
Top commentator Simon Holt believes a plan can come together in the King Edward VII Stakes on Friday for Sir Michael Stoute.
Man On The Spot marks your card for day four of Royal Ascot while we highlight Sky Bet’s top offers.