The small Berkshire town of Ascot is famous around the world for its racecourse and the glitz and glamour that surrounds it during the summer months.You can can a taste of the high life by sipping champagne and enjoying the thrill of the sport, while you are surrounded by well-dressed celebrities and Royals.
Britain’s most prestigious open-age flat race happens towards the end of July, making it one of the best weekends to visit Ascot. The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a Group 1 race run over a distance of one mile, and features some of the sport’s most acclaimed horses. First run in 1951, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes has established itself as one of the world’s most important middle-distance events, regularly attracting the best horses and jockeys from around the globe. It’s also the second-richest race on the UK’s horse-racing calendar, as the prize fund sits at an impressive £1 million. The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes weekend combines one of Britain’s most popular sports with sophistication and modern fashions, in a quintessentially English garden-party atmosphere.Celebrations begin on the Friday, allowing you to welcome the weekend in style. You can come with family, friends or your significant other, and enjoy picnics on the lawn or a glass of something delicious from the champagne and cocktail bars.
On Friday, there is a competitive six-race card, including the John Guest Brown Jack Stakes, which commemorates the race’s namesake, who won seven Royal Meetings. The Carraig Insurance EBF Stallions Valiant Stakes are also on the card. Saturday sees the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes star as the feature race, while the European mid-season middle distance championship also take place. Make the weekend really special by dining in one of the eateries that are located within the grounds of the Ascot Racecourse, such as the Caviar House and Prunier Seafood Bar, the Smokehouse, or the Bandstand Restaurant. Your weekend at Ascot is guaranteed to be delightful, thrilling and very glamorous – the only thing that won’t be certain is if your horse will win or not!