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A Punters Guide to Ascot Race Track - Left Hand,Right Hand,Galloping,Easy.Ascot Racecourse Facts.

A description of Ascot Racetrack - Gradients,Direction,Trivia, - Ascot Racecourse.

Ascot Racecourse is located in southern England - easy reach by train from London,and nearest city Reading,Berkshire.

Ascot Racecourse opened in 1711 with constant upgrades making it perhaps the best race track in England.

Ascot is a right handed track,which makes it a little unusual as most tracks are left handed in the U.K..

Each circuit at Ascot Racecourse is about 1 mile 6 furlongs.


A fair galloping track and no tight turns make it suitable to all runners,and great place to make the running.

National Hunt racing was only recently introduced at Ascot - in 1965.

There is no real draw bias at Ascot - but notice any change in going and be guided by prior results on the day,and where placed horses were drawn.

National Hunt races are also hosted here - again galloping and fair,but stiffer fences than most N.H. courses.

3 furlong straight which gradually climbs to line - you need a horse with stamina and proven distance runner over similar stiff course.

All races up to 7 furlongs will be run on a straight course,over 7 furlongs horses will have to negotiate bends.

Meetings,weddings and conferences etc. are a specialty at Ascot Racecourse - they can host events for 10 to 3,000 guests !.

Ascot Racecourse host about 26 days racing each year - both flat and National Hunt.

The Royal Family are regular visitors to Ascot Racecourse throughout the year - Windsor Castle is just 6 miles away.

Ascot Racecourse is also home to The Royal Ascot Cricket Club,and the playing area is on the inside of racetrack.

More than half a million racegoers attend meetings at Ascot Racecourse every year - by far the busiest track in Europe.

The first flat race at Ascot was a marathon 4 miles,and this was just the qualifying heat,with the final later in the day.

In 2004 almost £200 million pounds was spent on new grandstand - but to the dismay of racegoers,the new grandstand offered very poor viewing angles,and a further £10 million pounds had to be spent to rectify the problem.

Queen Anne was the first to see potential for racecourse at this site in 1711,and the racecourse opened one year later in 1712.

The first race at Royal Ascot meeting is always the Queen Anne Stakes in recognition of her part in Ascot Racecourse opening.

Royal Ascot is the most valuable meeting in England,with about £5 million in prize money - and no races are sponsored.

The third day of Royal Ascot meeting is Ladies Day - the busiest day of the meeting.

The Gold Cup is always held on Ladies Day,and Yeats, in 2009,won the cup for the fourth time,which has never been done before,and unlikely to be done again.

Until 1939,the only meeting held here was The Royal Ascot meeting,but since then other fixtures have been added over the years.

Location scenes from Ascot Racecourse were used in several James Bond movies,and also My Fair Lady.


Many dining outlets for racegoers at Ascot Racecourse - but some restaurants do ask you to book before arriving at track to avoid disappointment.

Disabled and elderly visitors are particularly well served when going racing at Ascot.Special parking areas,wheelchair access (and hire),toilet facilities and viewing areas - and you can even contact management before you arrive for other assistance you may need,and a member of staff will be there to help you enjoy your days racing at Ascot Racecourse.

If you want to experience a luxury and pampered days racing at Ascot - join the Royal Ascot Racing Club - for details and privileges for members ask Ascot Racecourse management.

You can travel to Ascot by helicopter - but contact course management first.

Travel by rail is recommended,and regular services from London,Waterloo (47 minutes) and Reading (25 minutes) will drop you off at the track.

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