Royal Ascot 2021
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Tuesday 15th - Saturday 19th June

2020 Running Order & Results

2021 Running Order

£6 million Prize Money On Offer at Royal Ascot 2021
Prize money for Royal Ascot 2021 is announced at £6 million over the week – a 66% increase on the £3.61m offered in 2020.

American trainer Wesley Ward is eyeing a tilt at the King's Stand Stakes with Golden Pal and is excited to see him take on the brilliant Battaash.

Ascot Racecourse has announced that Her Majesty The Queen has graciously consented to approve the extension of Royal Ascot to seven races each day from this year’s Royal Meeting (15th to 19th June).

Last year the Copper Horse Stakes, the Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes and the Golden Gates Stakes were added to the programme and the Buckingham Palace Stakes was reinstated. These races have all been retained.

Her Majesty has also approved the naming of the Kensington Palace Stakes (0-105), a new handicap to be run over the Old Mile for four-year-old and upwards fillies and mares.

Kensington Palace, set in Kensington Gardens, has been a residence for Members of the Royal Family since the 17th century.

The ‘Silver’ versions of the Royal Hunt Cup and the Wokingham Stakes have not been retained and there will not be eight races on Saturday as there were in 2020.

Sir Francis Brooke Bt., Her Majesty’s Representative at Ascot, said:

“A positive that we drew from Royal Ascot 2020 was that the additional races presented more opportunities to participate and that this had been widely welcomed by owners, trainers, breeders and jockeys. We are delighted to be able to make this change permanent.”

The order of running in 2021 will be based on 2019. The schedule in 2020 reflected the late start of the Flat season which necessitated considerable changes, mainly related to the timing of the Newmarket and Epsom Classics.

In 2021, the races being permanently added will be run as the final races on each day. The exception will be on the Saturday, where the Golden Gates Handicap will be run as race six and the meeting will conclude, as is traditional, with the Queen Alexandra Stakes. The Queen Anne Stakes will return to its usual position, opening the Royal Meeting.

The full order of running comparison for 2019, 2020 and 2021 is attached here. Prize money will be confirmed in advance of the early closing races in April and will be listed for now with holding values (based on 2020) in programme book two.

Nick Smith, Director of Racing and Public Affairs at Ascot, added:

“The concept of extended cards last year was well received, and we are very pleased to be able to offer additional opportunities to the horsemen community, the public, broadcasters and media going forward.

“At this time, more than ever, the increased opportunity to win prize money and to generate more levy and domestic and overseas betting income is crucial.

“Following consultation with the BHA, we decided to remove the two reserve races and bring in another high-quality handicap, as we are actually reducing the number of races run by one from last year, where eight races were staged on the Saturday. It occurred to us that the Old (round) Mile course is only used twice during Royal Ascot and another race on this track would add to the variety on offer.

“Last year’s extended cards were only possible by reducing some field sizes slightly, and because no overnight stabling was allowed under Covid-19 protocols.

“In order that field sizes can go up to their maximums again and with overnight stabling extremely important, we have commissioned extra temporary stabling to be built to the required high BHA standards.

“Royal Ascot is constantly evolving and has benefitted from many recent race additions and promotions and we are excited that the week will now be bigger and better for everyone.”

Trainers Quotes

Stradivarius wins his third Royal Ascot Gold Cup by some distance with Frankie Dettori on board.

Jockey Kevin Stott & trainer Kevin Ryan land a quick double as Hey Jonesy lands the Wokingham Handicap.

Hello Youmzain wins the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and provides Kevin Stott with his first Royal Ascot winner.

Frankie Dettori wins the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes with success aboard Palace Pier for trainer John Gosden.

Alpine Star wins the Coronation Stakes and Frankie Dettori now has the full set of Royal Ascot Group One victories.

Nando Parrado is the longest-priced winner in Royal Ascot history as he lands the Coventry Stakes for Clive Cox & Adam Kirby.

The Wesley Ward trained Campanelle showed plenty of speed to run out the winner of the Group Two Queen Mary Stakes under Frankie Dettori.

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Santiago stays on well to win the Queen's Vase for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore.

Golden Horde wins the Grade 1 Commonwealth Cup for Clive Cox & Adam Kirby.

Frankie Dettori was in the winner’s enclosure for the 70th time at Royal Ascot after four-year-old filly Fanny Logan landed the G2 Hardwicke Stakes.

The Lir Jet lands the Norfolk Stakes for Michael Bell, Oisin Murphy and Qatar Racing.

Dandalla shows the field a clean pair of heels as she goes well clear to win the Albany Stakes.

Battleground won the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore.

Molatham gave Jim Crowley a fifth winner at Royal Ascot this week when rallying to beat Monarch Of Egypt in the Jersey Stakes.

Tactical is the winner of the Windsor Castle Stakes for Andrew Balding, James Doyle and Her Majesty the Queen.

Dark Vision wins the Royal Hunt Cup for Mark Johnston with William Buick onboard.

Lord North came of age today when taking the G1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes over 10 furlongs.

A 60th Royal Ascot winner for jockey Ryan Moore as he partners Russian Emperor to victory in the Hampton Court Stakes.

A first success at Royal Ascot for Thore Hammer Hansen aboard the Alan King-trained Coeur De Lion in the Ascot Stakes.

Nazeef recorded her fifth victory in a row in the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes for John Gosden and in-form jockey Jim Crowley.

Battaash laid his Royal Ascot hoodoo to rest in style as he made it third time lucky in the King’s Stand Stakes.

Pyledriver sprang an 18-1 surprise for trainer William Muir and jockey Martin Dwyer in the King Edward VII Stakes.

Frankly Darling gave trainer John Gosden his 50th success at Royal Ascot with a convincing victory in the Ribblesdale Stakes.

Circus Maximus wins the Queen Anne, getting the nod in the photo finish from Terebellum.

Enhanced 36 Race Royal Ascot Order of Running 07/04/20
Ascot Racecourse has unveiled the Order Of Running for the behind closed doors 2020 Royal Meeting (16th to 20th June). 

Royal Ascot 2020 Behind Closed Doors 07/04/20
For public health and safety reasons, Royal Ascot 2020 (16th - 20th June) will not be able to take place as an event open to the public.

The New Royal Ascot Style Guide has been Published! 24/03/20
Never mind what the future brings, elegance stands firm as a rock. The official website of Royal Ascot features the new Style Guide for 2020.

Over £8 million Prize Money On Offer at Royal Ascot 2020 03/12/19
Royal Ascot 2020 will be run for a record £8,095,000, an increase of £765,000 on 2019 values.

Top Performances at Royal Ascot 01/07/19
The 2019 edition of the Royal meeting is over but it certainly delivered with a number of eye catching performances to note.

A double on the day for Andrea Atzeni as Cape Byron delivers the Wokingham Handicap in style.

Tuesday's King's Stand winner Blue Point just holds on from Dream Of Dreams in a thrilling renewal of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

Defoe lands the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes under Andrea Atzeni for Roger Varian.

A fourth winner of the week at Ascot for Daniel Tudhope as Space Traveller takes the Jersey Stakes for Richard Fahey.

Pinatubo routs the field and strides clear to convincingly win the Chesham Stakes for James Doyle, Charlie Appleby and Godolphin.

Oisin Murphy scored his first winner at this year’s Royal Ascot as Dashing Willoughby landed a gamble in the Queen’s Vase.

A huge shock in the Coronation Stakes as hot favourite Hermosa is beaten into second by the French-trained 20/1 shot Watch Me.

It’s another one for Frankie as Advertise takes the Commonwealth Cup for Phoenix Thoroughbreds and Martyn Meade.

Class Act Japan wins the King Edward VII Stakes for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore - that was very very smooth.

David Egan rides the Roger Varian-trained two-year-old to a cosy success in the Albany Stakes.

That's four from four for Frankie! Stradivarius wins the Gold Cup for Dettori and the bookies are praying he doesn't win the next two!

Frankie Dettori made it three from three on the third day of Royal Ascot as he steered Star Catcher to victory in the Ribblesdale Stakes.

It's a day three double for Frankie Dettori as Sangarius wins the Group 3 Hampton Court Stakes for Sir Michael Stoute.

Afaak wins the Royal Hunt Cup for Charlie Hills and Jim Crowley, returning at 20/1.

A’Ali puts in a huge performance to win the Norfolk Stakes for trainer Simon Crisford.

Southern Hills gives Aidan O'Brien his first winner on day two of Royal Ascot in the Windsor Castle Stakes.

Move Swiftly certainly justified her name and gets another on the board for Danny Tudhope in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes.

Dettori at the double on day two as he teams up with Sir Michael Stoute and Crystal Ocean to win the Prince Of Wales Stakes.

The well backed 6/1 shot Dashing Willoughby and Oisin Murphy take the Queen’s Vase for Andrew Balding.

Circus Maximus wins the St James Palace Stakes to give Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore their second winner on day one.

A proper battle in the rain! Mark Johnston's Raffle Prize and Frankie Dettori beat Wesley Ward's Kimari in the Queen Mary Stakes.

A gutsy effort with top weight from The Grand Visir under Richard Kingscote to win the Ascot Stakes.

Blue Point confirmed his superiority over Battaash to win back-to-back renewals of the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Arizona lands the Group 2 Coventry Stakes, giving Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore a first winner of the royal meeting.

Lord Glitters fends off Beat The Bank to go one better than last year in the Queen Anne Stakes at odds of 14-1 for David O'Meara and Danny Tudhope.