Ascot Course Guide

Famous worldwide for its June meeting, ‘Royal Ascot’ is the most prestigious fixture in the UK Flat racing calendar. The meeting includes 8 Group 1 races, ranging in distance from the five-furlong King’s Stand Stakes to the two and a half mile Gold Cup, which spearhead five days of top-class racing comprising prestigious pattern races and historic handicaps such as the Royal Hunt Cup and Wokingham Stakes. With a Flat calendar that is further-bolstered by the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes in late July and British Champions Day in mid-October, no other racecourse stages a comparable level in terms of quality racing.

Ascot’s National Hunt course was inaugurated in 1966 and also stages several important meetings, notably the Ascot Hurdle fixture in November, the Christmas meeting featuring the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle, the two-mile Clarence House Chase (formerly the Victor Chandler) in January and the Ascot Chase fixture in February – the last two meetings featuring several ‘trial’ races for the upcoming Cheltenham Festival.


The round course is a right-handed, triangular circuit of fourteen furlongs, with a run-in of 2½ furlongs. There is a straight mile course and the Old mile course which joins the round course in Swinley Bottom. Despite the downhill run into Swinley Bottom and relatively short run-in from the final turn, Ascot is galloping in character. Since the redevelopment, the turn into the straight has become more sweeping and those ridden prominently can be difficult to peg back. Nowadays, the ground in the straight drains quicker than the rest of the course, meaning going descriptions can vary.

Because the run-in on Ascot’s round course is relatively short, positioning - jockeyship in other words - is key. It goes without saying that in steadily-run races you want to be towards the sharp end but, whatever the pace, you can get into trouble trying to come through rivals late on. We’re still learning about the straight course, following the relaying a few years back, but in my view it’s more pace-dependent than draw-dependent. Given the right pace to chase, I reckon you can win from anywhere.

View from the saddle: Jason Weaver

Right handed, galloping. NH course reopened in 2006/7 after major redevelopment work, and improved drainage means conditions rarely get so testing as they used to. Fences appear as stiff as they've ever been, the course taking plenty of jumping. The chase course often favours those ridden prominently.

The fences on the far side are quite tricky, particularly for a novice, but, if you’re on a horse that can jump them and freewheel nicely on the downhill section, it can usually win for you. Handling those obstacles smoothly saves an awful lot of energy. It’s a front-runners’ track, too, especially in small fields of novices, but it’s very difficult to win from the front in a big-field handicap. Saving ground when you can and making sure you meet the fences right are the two biggest factors to keep in mind when you’re riding Ascot.

View from the saddle: Mick Fitzgerald
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12:45 Stella Artois British EBF Novice Stakes
7f | Class 4 | 2YO only | 10 ran
  • Winner: Akmaam 12/1
  • Jockey: M Dwyer Trainer: B J Meehan
  • Owner: Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum
13:20 Moet & Chandon British EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes
Plus 10/GBB Race | Rnd
1m | Class 4 | 2YO only | 6 ran
  • Winner: Love Is You 3/1 2Fav
  • Jockey: Jason Watson Trainer: R Charlton
  • Owner: Normandie Stud Ltd
13:55 Ascot Wine Club Handicap
5f | Class 3 | 3YO plus | 9 ran
  • Winner: Tone The Barone 9/4 Fav
  • Jockey: Marco Ghiani Trainer: S C Williams
  • Owner: Mr B Piper And Partner
14:30 Betfred British EBF Premier Fillies' Handicap
1m (Str) | Class 2 | 3YO plus | 10 ran
  • Winner: Dreamloper 9/2 J2Fav
  • Jockey: L Morris Trainer: Ed Walker
  • Owner: Mr J Fill
15:05 Lavazza Stakes
Heritage Handicap
1m 4f | Class 2 | 3YO only | 10 ran
  • Winner: Shandoz 7/2 Fav
  • Jockey: David Egan Trainer: R Varian
  • Owner: Mr Nurlan Bizakov
15:40 Tweenhills Follow The Foals Handicap
6f | Class 2 | 3YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: Fortamour 9/1
  • Jockey: Cieren Fallon Trainer: B M R Haslam
  • Owner: C Barclay, Racing Knights & C Cleevely
16:15 Porsche Handicap
7f | Class 2 | 3YO plus | 16 ran
  • Winner: Documenting 14/1
  • Jockey: Ray Dawson Trainer: Kevin Frost
  • Owner: Kevin Frost Racing Club & M A Humphre

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