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By HRI Foreign Staff — If you’re a fan of horse racing, you will no doubt be aware that, coming up very shortly, is one of the highlights of the UK and Ireland horse racing season, The Royal Ascot 2023. Starting on Tuesday 20th June and going through until Saturday 24th June, we can expect some seriously thrilling action over the 35 races.

So, if you’re an avid fan of racing betting and are looking to place your money on the next horse races of the season, then check out our guide to Royal Ascot 2023…

Day 1

The schedule on Tuesday 20th June  is as follows:

  • 14.30:                  Queen Anne Stakes – 1m
  • 15.05:                  Coventry Stakes – 6f   
  • 15.40:                  Kings Stand Stakes – 5f
  • 16.20:                  St James’ Palace Stakes – 1m
  • 17.00:                  Ascot Stakes – 2m 4f
  • 17.35:                  Wolferton Stakes – 1, 2f
  • 18.10:                  Copper Horse Handicap – 1m 6f

The first day starts spectacularly, with three Group 1 and two Group 2 races.  Favourites of the day include the Modern Games in the Queen Anne Stakes, Asadna and River Tiber in the Coventry Stakes and Chaldean and Paddington in the St. James Palace Stakes.

Day 2

The schedule for Wednesday 21st June  is:

  • 14.30:                  Queen Mary Stakes – 5f
  • 15.05:                  Queen’s Vase – 1m 6f
  • 15.40:                  Duke of Cambridge Stakes – 1m
  • 16.20:                  Prince of Wales’ Stakes – 1m 2f
  • 17.00:                  Royal Hunt Cup – 1m
  • 17.35:                  Windsor Castle Stakes – 5f
  • 18.10:                  Kensington Palace Fillies’ Handicap – 1m

The feature race of the day is the Prince of Wales’ Stakes, with one of the favourites (the winner of the 2022 Derby) Desert Crown set to be ridden by Frankie Dettori. 

However, one of the most exciting races of the day will be the Royal Hunt Cup, filled with 30 runners – which means that if you can pick out the winner of this, then you could see some serious payouts!

Day 3

The schedule for Day 3 Thursday 22nd June, is as follows:

  • 14.30:                  Norfolk Stakes – 5f
  • 15.05:                  King George V Stakes – 1m 4f
  • 15.40:                  Ribblesdale Stakes – 1m 4f
  • 16.20:                  Ascot Gold Cup – 2m 4f
  • 17.00:                  Britannia Stakes – 1m
  • 17.35:                  Hampton Court Stakes – 1m 2f
  • 18.10:                  Buckingham Palace Stakes – 7f

Day 3 of Royal Ascot, the famous ‘Ladies Day’ or ‘Gold Cup’ day offers some serious action. First, the Norfolk Stakes looks set for an exciting battle between UK’s Elite Status and the USA’s American Rascal. We may also see a rematch between Soul Sister and Savethelastdace – the first two past the post at the Epsom Derby when they take to the tracks again at the Ribblesdale Stakes.

However, the biggest race of the day is the Ascot Gold Cup – and we’ll be looking out for Coltrane – and any horse that top Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien sends over.

Day 4

On Friday 23rd June  – Day 4 of the festival, the action is as follows:

  • 14.30:                  Albany Stakes – 6f
  • 15.05:                  King Edward VII Stakes – 1m 4f
  • 15.40:                  Duke of Edinburgh Stakes – 1m 4f
  • 16.20:                  Commonwealth Cup – 6f
  • 17.00:                  Coronation Stakes – 1m
  • 17.35:                  Sandringham Stakes – 1m
  • 18.10:                  Palace of Holyrood House Stakes – 5f

Day four is the day we could see Auguste Rodin, the winner of the Epsom Derby back in action, as he heads the ante-post favourites to win the King Edward VII Stakes. However, there will be even more excitement at the Coronation Stakes, when we could see a possible rematch between the first and second-place runners of the 2023 1,000 Guineas – Mawj and Tahiyra. 

We can also look for some serious action from the Commonwealth Cup, with the Aidan O’Brien-trained horse Little Big Bear coming in as a favourite.

Day 5

The final day of action, Day 5 – Saturday 24th June, is scheduled as follows:

  • 14.30:                  Chesham Stakes – 7f
  • 15.05:                  Jersey Stakes – 7f
  • 15.40:                  Hardwicke Stakes – 1m 4f
  • 16.20:                  Queen Elizabeth II Stakes – 6f
  • 17.00:                  Wokingham Stakes – 6f
  • 17.35:                  Golden Gates Stakes – 1m 2f
  • 18.10:                  Queen Alexandra Stakes – 2m 6f

On the final day of the action, it will be the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes and the Wokingham Stakes that will capture the most betting attention The first of the two will see the fastest horses of the UK and Ireland face off against the best of the US and Australia. As such, it will draw viewers from all over the world.

So, there we have it – the five most exciting horse racing days of action in the UK horse racing calendar and there’s a lot to be excited about. We will see the best runners from all over the globe looking to make their mark. So, look through the racecards, do your research and you might just be able to pick a winner or two.

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