Everything You Need to Know about Royal Ascot

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The Royal Ascot, England’s most elite week of flat Thoroughbred racing, regains a sense of normalcy after a year of empty stands when the action kicks off on Tuesday, June 15. A maximum of 4,000 will be allowed each day, in accordance with a spectator cap set by the government through at least June 21. Attendance will be limited to owners, hospitality and Ascot members.

“Royal Ascot 2021 will unavoidably look and feel different but I would like to assure you that everyone at Ascot is dedicated and committed to ensuring that those who are able to attend have a most enjoyable and safe day,” wrote Sir Francis Brooke, the Queen’s representative at Ascot, in a letter to Ascot members.

Catch all the action from Tuesday, June 15 to Saturday, June 19 on NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app.

What is the Royal Ascot?

The Royal Ascot is one of the most well-known horse racing meets in the world. It’s held at one of the top flat racecourses in the United Kingdom and hosts horses from across the globe in 35 races, including eight Group 1 races, over the span of five days.

Racing at Ascot began in 1711 when Queen Anne declared her love for horse racing. The first race was the Her Majesty’s Plate with a seven-horse field. Over a century later, King George IV held the first royal carriage procession on the track to signal the start of the event. The traditions of the royal family, high fashion and elite horse racing have continued ever since.

When and where is the 2021 Royal Ascot?

This year, the Royal Ascot will take place from Tuesday, June 15 to Saturday, June 19 at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, England. Ascot is located in the British Summer Time Zone, which is five hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone in the U.S.

Unlike tracks in America, Ascot Racecourse is shaped like a rounded triangle with two straightaway spokes and includes uphill and downhill stretches.

Tuesday, June 15

  • 9:30 a.m. ET — The Queen Anne Stakes (G1) — Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series (Mile)
  • 10:05 a.m. ET — The Coventry Stakes (G2)
  • 10:40 a.m. ET — The King’s Stand Stakes (G1)
  • 11:20 a.m. ET — The St James’s Palace Stakes (G1)
  • 12:00 p.m. ET — The Ascot Stakes (Handicap)
  • 12:35 p.m. ET — The Wolferton Stakes (Listed)
  • 1:10 p.m. ET — The Copper Horse Stakes (Handicap)