Royal Ascot

Publication date: 29 Aug 2022

About the Royal Ascot

The Royal Ascot (Ascot Gold Cup) is the most famous horse race in the world. They’ve been held annually since 1711 at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, England.

Royal Ascot website

Royal Ascot 2023

Preliminary information suggests that the Royal Ascot will take place from 20 to 24 June 2023. The dates of the event are subject to change.

History of the Royal Ascot

The history of the Ascot Gold Cup dates back to 1711. It was then that Queen Anne saw an ideal place for horse racing in a wasteland. On 11 August she inaugurated the first of three heats. The length of the race in those days was 4 miles. Nowadays, the distance for the race is one to two miles (1200 to 2400 m).

Queen Elizabeth II is a big fan of royal horse racing. She has not missed a race since 1945.

Lester Piggott is a jockey who has won Royal Ascot 116 times. His career lasted from 1952 to 1993.

Until 2001, the whole event lasted 4 days, but in 2002 the Queen made a gift to herself for the anniversary of her accession to the throne and added another day.

Queen Elizabeth II personally presents the Gold Cup to the winner.

Previous Royal Ascot horse races results

The year Venue Results
2022 Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire, England Jockey: Ryan Moore

Horse: Kyprios

2021 Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire, England Jockey: Joe Fanning

Horse: Subjectivist

2020 Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire, England Jockey: Frankie Dettori

Horse: Stradivarius

Royal Ascot 2024

The exact dates of the next Royal Ascot horse race are not yet known.

Keep an eye on the dates of horse races and other events in our Sports Events Calendar.

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