Ascot Racecourse is a famous English course used for thoroughbred horse racing. It is considered to be one of the UK’s leading courses, hosting 9 of the 32 Group 1 races. It is closely associated with the Royal Family as it is located near Windsor Castle. Today, Ascot Racecourse stages 25 days of racing and is home to the prestigious King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
This course was established in 1711 by Queen Anne. The first race, “Her Majesty’s Plate”, was run on 11 August 1711. Seven horses competed, each carrying a 12 stone weight. The winner took home a purse of 100 guineas. In 1813, Parliament passed an act to ensure that the grounds would remain a public racecourse, and in 1913 the Ascot Authority was created to manage the racecourse. This Authority continues to manage the course to this day.
From its establishment until 1945, the only race run at this course was the Royal Meeting, which was a four-day event. Beginning in 1945, many more fixtures were introduced to Ascot Racecourse, including the Steeplechase and hurdles added in 1965.
The racecourse closed down for nearly a year in 2004 to undergo renovations. And though it cost £185 million, people criticised the new grandstand because it does not provide good enough views for patrons. This was rectified in 2006 after another £10 million renovation. It is now considered by many to be one of the top sporting venues in the UK.
There are plenty of notable races at this course, including the Royal Ascot. It dates back to 1711 and is considered to be one of the world’s most famous race meetings. Some of those and other notable races held at the Ascot Racecourse include:
Other Flat Races
National Hunt Races
Dining – In addition to private rooms, Ascot Racecourse offers four different restaurants to choose from: Parade Ring, Panoramic Restaurant, Horsewalk, and Brown Jack Restaurant. All four offer first class service and menus along with differing yet equally spectacular views of the racecourse.
Conferences & Events – This top class sporting venue is capable of hosting conferences and several different events. This includes weddings, banquets, seasonal occasions, dinner, dances, midsummer balls, open-air concerts, intimate cabaret, firework spectaculars, exhibitions, seminars, and product launches. The Ascot Pavilion can accommodate up to 1100 people. No matter what the event, Ascot offers a selection of menus and wine lists to choose from as well as state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment.