Author: Joe Kizlauskas
Last Updated: 21st January 2021
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Royal Ascot Free Bets and Betting Offers
Royal Ascot is one of the biggest horse racing festivals on the track calendar. Here are the best free bets, offers and everything you need to know about the Royal Ascot 2021.
- Royal Ascot Free Bets and Betting Offers
- About Royal Ascot 2021
- History of Royal Ascot
- Royal Ascot Feature Races
- Royal Ascot Stats
Royal Ascot 2021
This year, Royal Ascot will look a bit different as it will be behind closed doors. This means no need to seek out tickets and no need to worry about the Royal Ascot dress code, especially if you’re used to going to the celebrated Royal Ascot Ladies Day. However, betting on Royal Ascot can be just as much fun at some of the best horse racing betting sites.
However, horse racing lovers will be thrilled that the event is still going ahead – and that they will still be able to watch and bet on the spectacle from the comfort of your own front room.
When is Royal Ascot 2021?
This five-day racing extravaganza will start off on Tuesday 16th June 2020 at 1.15pm GMT. Indeed, it will see the best horses, jockeys and trainers from around the world come to compete at one of the grandest Horse Racing festivals in the world. There will be a total of 36 races overall and they will kick off the proceedings with the newly reintroduced Buckingham Palace Handicap.
Where Can I Watch Royal Ascot 2021?
As stated, all races will be held behind closed doors. However, you can still watch all the action live on ITV and Sky Sports Racing. What’s more, if you place a bet on the race, you will be able to stream the races for free on the best horse racing live streaming sites out there.
The History of Royal Ascot
Undeniably, Royal Ascot comes with a huge amount of history and is celebrated by horse racing lovers all across the globe. It was originally founded at the beginning of the 18th century – 1711 by Queen Anne. It is considered to be the highlight of the horse racing track calendar every year.
What’s more, this is a race that the Queen attends annually – and has done so for every year of her reign. However, due to the race being held behind closed doors, she will not be attending this year. Usually, her arrival is quite the spectacle, drawing up in her horse-drawn carriage with a royal procession.
The Royal Prize Pot
Unfortunately, the recent pandemic has hit the horse racing world hard and as such the prize money on offer over all will be £3,680,000. Whilst this is a vast sum, it is down 55% on the prize pot originally announced in December, of £8,095,000.
Royal Ascot’s Feature RaceThe biggest races of Royal Ascot are the Grade 1 contests, of which there are eight over all. However, the biggest of those is undoubtedly the Gold Cup, which they first introduced back in 1807. What’s more, The Queen was the first-ever ruling monarch to have a winner, back in 2013, when it was won by Estimate.
The Gold Cup is run over 2m4f and it is the most prestigious of all the races. If you want to see the race, then you can find it broadcast on Thursday 18th June at 3.35pm. Moreover, two-time winner, Stradivarius will be back to try and make it a hat-trick of victories.
Other Festival Highlights
This is a five-day event, so there are plenty or festival highlights on the cards apart from the Gold Cup. The other Group 1 races will also be exciting and hardly fought races.
On the first race day, Tuesday, there are two Grade 1 races scheduled. These are:
- The Queen Anne Stakes – 1.50pm
- The King’s Stand Stakes – 3.35pm
The most notable winner being Frankel, who retired unbeaten after 14 races in 2012.
Wednesday Standout Races:
- The Prince of Wales’s Stake – 3.00pm
Last year won by Crystal Ocean
Thursday Stand Out Races:
- The Gold Cup – 3.35pm
- Jersey Stakes – 2.25pm
Friday Stand Out Races:
- Group 1 Commonwealth Cup – 3.00pm
This will see the world’s top three -year old sprinters go nose to nose for victory.
The final day of the Royal Ascot Festival offers up 3 Group 1 races to enjoy:
The Coronation Stakes
Established back in 1840, it marked the coronation of Queen Victoria 2 years previous. This is a race of the best three-year-old fillies.
St James Stakes
This follows on from the Coronation Stakes and will see the best 3-year-old colts go head to head to win the race and get the prize money.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes
This race is a 6-furlong race and it’s the feature race on the final day of racing. Last year, it was won by Blue Point. Who will be victorious this year?
Royal Ascot Stats
The Top Trainer of All Time
With 81 runners and still training, Sir Michael Stoute takes the title, closely followed by Aidan O’Brien on 70.
Top Royal Ascot Jockey
Frankie Dettori takes the title here, with 67 different Royal Ascot wins. This is followed by Ryan Moore who had nine winners in 2015 and sits overall with 57 wins.
The Royal Ascot Course Records
The fastest time for 5 furlongs was set in 2007 by Miss Andretti with a time of 57.44 seconds. Meanwhile, the fastest time over a mile on the course was set by Alpha Centauri who won the Coronation Stakes in 2018 with a time of 1m 35.89.
At Royal Ascot races, since 200, there have been a total of 151 overseas trained winners. 110 coming from Ireland, 20 from France and 11 from the US.