Royal Ascot 2017

Royal Ascot is a five-day annual event that happens during the month of June. Royal Ascot 2017 remains one of the most prestigious events on the racing calendar. From the world famous Gold Cup to the Royal Procession, a trip to Ascot is a must for all race fanatics. The highlight of the races remains the famous Gold Cup which will take place on the Thursday on ladies day.

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Royal Ascot 2017

Royal Ascot 2017 how to watch the horse races live

There are just a few days to go until Royal Ascot opens its gates for the 2017 race season. The prestigious event is like no other and is a fantastic opportunity for racing and fashion fans alike to see the best from both fields. Royal Ascot 2017 Live

Many tickets have already been snapped up so if you do fancy going you’ll need to be quick. Prices range from £37 in the Windsor Enclosure into the thousands if you’re after a private box, so there is something to suit all budgets. Young racing fans are also being offered half-price tickets for the 2017 event.

If you are planning on attending the world famous race event for the first time this year, or want to remind yourself about the basics then take a look at our comprehensive guide.

When Royal Ascot 2017?

The five-day race meeting begins on Tuesday, June 20 and finishes on Saturday, June 24. This year, Ladies’ Day and the prestigious Gold Cup will be on Thursday, June 22.

What can I wear?

It all depends on which enclosure you are in. The rules are pretty strict and if you don’t follow them you can be turned away from Ascot Racecourse. Extravagance is encouraged, but avoid strapless dresses and fancy dress.

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Royal Ascot 2017 Highlights on Thursday

Thursday is Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot with a crowd of about 65,000 expected at the Berkshire course. The Gold Cup (16:20 BST) is the feature race where last year’s winner Order Of St George will bid to follow up for trainer Aidan O’Brien.

Betting Odds

Thursday’s Gold Cup is the main event on the Royal Ascot schedule.

It takes place on Ladies Day.

The Gold Cup race will start at 4.20pm.

Order of St George 2/1 (Favourite)

Vazirabad 5/1

Simple Verse 12/1

(Odds courtesy of SkyBet. Correct as of 11/05/17)

O’Brien is seeking his eighth win in 12 years in the two-and-a-half mile contest. Opposition includes dual Goodwood Cup winner Big Orange, trained by Michael Bell, and Ralph Beckett’s 2015 St Leger winner Simple Verse.

The legendary racehorse Frankel could have his first Royal Ascot winner as a stallion on Thursday. Mori, a daughter of Frankel and the brilliant mare Midday, runs for Sir Michael Stoute in the Ribblesdale Stakes (15:40). The day begins with sprinters in the five-furlong Norfolk Stakes, including Ward’s runner McCain.