Royal Ascot 2021

Royal Ascot is the highlight of the Flat racing season in Britain, with five days of top-class action featuring an extended schedule of 35 races in 2021. Royal Ascot is Britain’s most valuable race meeting and plays host to the best Flat horses from Britain and Ireland, as well as drawing big-name runners from other countries including France, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and the US. In normal circumstances, it is a major social and fashion event and, with 300,000 racegoers making their way to Ascot racecourse over the five days, however, due to the impacts of Coronavirus the event will take place with no spectators in attendance.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Royal Ascot?

Royal Ascot is a five-day meeting of high-quality Flat racing at Ascot racecourse in Berkshire. It is the highlight of the Flat racing calendar in Britain and a major social occasion. It is attended each year by the Queen and other members of the royal family.

When is Royal Ascot 2021?

Royal Ascot takes place between Tuesday, June 15 and Saturday, June 19.

What TV channel is Royal Ascot on?

Royal Ascot will be broadcast live on terrestrial television by ITV Racing on ITV and ITV4. Coverage starts at 1:30pm and will end at 6:00pm each day. Sky Sports Racing (channel 415) will also be showing all Royal Ascot races live.

What time does Royal Ascot start?

The first race of the day is at 1:15pm, except on Saturday where the action starts at 12:40pm.  Coverage starts on ITV at 1:30pm or you can watch all the action on Sky Sports Racing (channel 415) or streamed directly via bookmaker websites/apps.

Where does Royal Ascot take place?

Royal Ascot takes place at Ascot racecourse, which is located in Ascot in Berkshire. The full address is Ascot Racecourse, High St, Ascot SL5 7JX.

When is the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot 2021?

The 2021 Ascot Gold Cup is the feature race on Thursday, June 17 and will be run at 3.35pm

How many days is Royal Ascot?

Royal Ascot takes place over five days in June each year.

Is Royal Ascot Flat or jumps?

Royal Ascot is a Flat meeting.

Who is the top jockey at Royal Ascot?

Frankie Dettori is the leading jockey at Royal Ascot, with 66 wins at the meeting. Next best is Ryan Moore, with 58 wins, and that pair are well clear of third-placed Jamie Spencer on 26.

How much prize-money is there at Royal Ascot?

The total prize money for the five days of Royal Ascot in 2021 is £6 million. This bounces back up from the £3.7 million on offer in 2020, which was halved from 2019 due to the financial constraints following the coronavirus. Traditionally, Royal Ascot is the most valuable race meeting in Britain.

How many people attend Royal Ascot?

A total of 300,000 people attend Royal Ascot across five days. However, in 2021 Royal Ascot is only open in a heavily reduced capacity.

Is Royal Ascot 2021 cancelled?

No, Royal Ascot 2021 will currently take place with a reduced number of spectators permitted on course. All the action will be broadcast on TV and available to stream online.

What is different about Royal Ascot 2021?

As it stands, a reduced number of spectators are permitted to attend Royal Ascot with social distancing restrictions being enforced all in attendance. There are number of additional races to cater for the increased demand of horses entered.

Can I go to Royal Ascot 2021?

Assuming the Government roadmap remains on track, a reduced number of spectators will be allowed access to Royal Ascot in 2021.

Where to watch Royal Ascot 2021?

You can watch every race at Royal Ascot live on the Racing Post app when you place a bet of £1 or more on the race. Alternatively, the action will be broadcast on ITV from 1:30pm each day or Sky Sports Racing (channel 415).