Sunday, June 16, 2024

Royal Ascot opens. Summer is here.

The well-known event started on Tuesday 15th June, and attracted droves of celebrities, royalty as well as well-dressed men, women and children who are all wanting in on the fun and the opportunity to catch the eye of some the world’s most influential. A pillar of British sporting life, the Royal Ascot is as much about high fashion and celebrity culture as it is about high stakes on the tracks. The event first took place in 1839, and has run almost continually ever since – though it’s not the only significant racing occasion at the spectacular Ascot Racecourse. The event is the most valuable race meeting in Britain with a total prize fund of £6million.

While the Queen opted to watch the opening day from the comfort of her Castle, other Royals, Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were there, alongside the Princess Royal, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Zara and Mike Tindall. It is expected that there will be more royal appearances throughout the week. Other celebrities and famous people were also spotted in their best outfits. One that caught the eye is Charlotte Hawkins, GMB morning and Classic FM Sunday night’s presenter, in her white and yellow midi dress oozing style and elegance

As for betting enthusiasts, the favourites can change over time, with some horses performing well in races leading up to Royal Ascot coming to the fore, while others fall away. There might be issues with injuries or trainers that could also impact the horses that will be lining up at the starting line come race day. Some of this year’s favourites are : Stradivarius, Battaash, Palace Pier, Just Fine, Pied Piper, Campanelle and Spring is Sprung.

It was a scorching day at Ascot Racecourse attended by 12,000 people allowed as part of the Government’s pilot test event programme where everyone is tested before and after and no masks or distancing for spectators. The Champagne and Pimms flowed as racing got underway on the first day of the Royal meeting. King George VI is also a prestigious weekend meeting, second only to the Royal Meeting, and involves its own unique spectacle in the form of a royal procession to kick off the action on the tracks.

Whether you’re a seasoned better or once-a-year type spectator, the onset of summer and start of the horse racing season always brings with it a sense of excitement and carefree fun.

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