Although Ascot is a dual purpose course, hosting both jump and flat racing, it is primarily known for its flat racing and in particular the Royal meeting in June. The course hosts racing every month of the year, apart from April.


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Course Characteristics:

The "round" course is actually triangular in shape, with a chute hosting races up to a mile in length, although just to confuse matters some one mile races are run on the round course. The round course is about 1¾ miles long. Jump races take place exclusively on the round course, which is right handed (clockwise). The straight course is uphill nearly all the way, whilst the round course is basically downhill to the furthest point from where there is a steadily uphill rise to the finish. As part of the major redevelopment work at the course the track was re-aligned and re-laid. One significant change has been to the drainage. This means, in the winter, the course is not as demanding as it once was. However there have been some concerns expressed regarding uneven going with pronounced differences in different parts of the track.

The turn into the home straight has also been made more sweeping and this seems to be favouring front runners.

There is no discernable draw advantage, although some will say there is a stand side bias on the straight course, however in large field sprints where the pace is seems to have a greater impact.

The course is considered to be galloping in nature.

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Admission (2013 prices):

Ascot generally operates a two or three enclosure policy, depending on the meeting.

The price guide for general meetings is as follows:-
Premier Enclosure £23 - £50
General Enclosure £13 - £27

For the meeting on 1st May 2013, General admission is free and Premier admission will be £15 

For the Royal Meeting things change. The Premier enclosure becomes the Royal Enclosure and unless you have the right contacts the only way you will be able to gain access to this inner sanctum will be to purchase a hospitality package and for that you are talking upwards of £900 a head.

For the General Enclosure advance admission prices are £52 (Tue and Wed), £73 (Thu), £63 (Fri) £75 (Sat)

For the General Enclosure on the day prices are £62 (Tue and Wed), £73 (Thu) £63 (Fri) £75 (Sat)

For the Silver Ring advance admission prices are £17 (Tue and Wed), £30 (Thu), £24 (Fri) and £35 (Sat)

For the Silver Ring on the day prices are £20 (Tue and Wed), £30 (Thu - Fri) £35 (Sat)

Annual membership £350 (excludes Royal meeting)

There is a dress code at Ascot, obviously the Royal Enclosure has a very strict code, however that shouldn’t concern the average racegoer. The General Enclosure dress regulations at the Royal meeting states:

Ladies are kindly reminded that formal day wear is a requirement in the Royal Enclosure, defined as follows:

Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer

Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater

 Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code

Trouser suits are welcome. They should be of full length and of matching material and colour

Hats should be worn; a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat.

Ladies are kindly asked to note the following: 

Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than one inch (2.5cm) are not permitted

Midriffs must be covered

 Fascinators are no longer permitted in the Royal Enclosure; neither are headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches / 10cm).

Gentlemen are kindly reminded that it is a requirement to wear either black or grey morning dress which must include:

A waistcoat and tie (no cravats)

A black or grey top hat

 Black shoes.

A gentleman may remove his top hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden.  Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden.

The customisation of top hats (with, for example, coloured ribbons or bands) is not permitted in the Royal Enclosure.

In Premier Admission on other racedays Gentlemen should wear a jacket and tie, smart trousers or smart jeans, no trainers. There will be an announcement on the day allowing jackets to be removed, should the weather be hot. Ladies should dress for a smart occasion; hats are encouraged but not compulsory.  Children should be dressed smartly.There is no dress code for the general enclosure, however bare chests are not allowed.

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Located to the south west of London, Ascot is in easy reach of the motorway network situated between the M3 and M4 motorways. The course is well signposted from all the major approach routes with additional signage on race days. Even if you know the area well it is still advisable to follow the signposts, even if the route doesn’t appear to be immediately logical …. the routes are designed to ensure optimum traffic flow.

Ease of public transport access: Good (Ascot station is a seven minute walk away)


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Suitability for the first time racegoer: very good (unsuitable at the Royal meeting)

Last Reviewed: February 2013


Telephone: 08707 227 227

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