Royal Ascot 2017: Your Ultimate Guide
The Royal Ascot certainly draws its own share of attention every time it is held. This year, the races will extend from the 20th of June to the 24th of June, promising five days of thrills for sports racing enthusiasts (and society enthusiasts as well).
As mentioned, the Royal Ascot begins on June 20th, but it isn’t until Thursday, June 22nd, day three at Royal Ascot, that the main event – what everyone is really waiting for – will occur. On this day, the festival’s main event – the so-called Gold Cup race – is scheduled to happen, and that’s something that everyone is definitely looking forward to.
This year’s favorite to win the Gold Cup is the same horse that won last year as well – the popular Order of St. George, who will be ridden by jockey Ryan Moore. But aside from Order of St. George, the Royal Ascot attracts a bevy of the world’s most popular race horses, and all these horses will be competing for the prize money worth over £6.5 million (about $8.4 million).
As is often the case, society high players will be in full force once again, so those attending, watching, or betting on the event should expect fancy headgear (with Queen Elizabeth probably leading the way, along with Prince Phillip and other notable royals), cocktails, and an overflow of bubbly. This year’s Royal Ascot, after all, is expected to draw in as many as 300,000 visitors who will all flock to Berkshire for the festivities.
Where is it, and what are the ticket prices?
If you’re one of the lucky few who can actually join the event, then you should know that it will take place in the pretty town of Berkshire in England, highlighted by a total of six horse races that are sure to delight the crowds. If you’re intent on being there in person rather than watching it from the television, then know also that the prices for tickets start at only £37.
Fast facts on betting odds
If you’re interested in betting on the races, the Gold Cup to be held on the Thursday of the event is surely something you don’t want to miss. It’s the main event, and it will take place on what is referred to as Ladies Day in the Royal Ascot. The race itself will begin exactly at 4:20 in the afternoon.
The favorite, as mentioned above, is still Order of St. George at 2 to 1, whilst the next favorite is Vazirabad at 5 to 1. Simple Verse is another crowd preference, with 12 to 1. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get in on the action – who knows, it might just be your lucky day at the Royal Ascot races.
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