Royal Ascot is one of the most prestigious flat racing events in the world and is attended by over 300,000 people every year. The meet consists of 35 races spanning distances from five furlongs to two and a half miles. Royal Ascot starts on Tuesday 20th June and ends on Saturday 24th June.
More than £8 million in prize money is up for grabs, making it all the more attractive for trainers and runners worldwide. This year’s meeting promises to be an exciting affair, with eight Group 1 contests amongst the 35 races, including the Queen Anne Stakes and Queen Alexandra Stakes.
Bad Man Betting will provide you with comprehensive Royal Ascot tips on every race. Our experts have carefully carried out their research so that you can make informed decisions when it comes to betting on this highly anticipated event, be it opening race insights or advice ahead of the final day of racing.
Royal Ascot Tips Today
Bad Man Betting will provide Royal Ascot news, offers, and tips pages dedicated to each of the five days of the event, alongside specific accumulator and lucky 15 pages. Check out our in-depth Royal Ascot Tips pages below.
How to bet on Royal Ascot
Course Form Matters at Royal Ascot 2023
When it comes to selecting winning bets at this year’s event, course form could be a key indicator of success. The track is split into two courses, a round and straight mile, with the latter proving to be a more difficult test for horses in wet weather conditions. In the 2018 edition of the event, out of 30 winners, 11 had either won or placed previously at Ascot, an even higher figure if you exclude two-year-old races as many would not have had a chance to race at this track before.
Draw Bias Can Impact Results
Understanding which horse has been drawn where is essential when betting at Royal Ascot. With large fields of up to 24 runners in some of the meeting’s biggest races, being able to find an advantage for certain positions will give you an edge over other punters. In recent years high numbers have seen the most success in handicap races, however, this bias can change depending on track conditions so watch earlier races on that day to gain an insight into current trends.
Pace Angle Is Key To Winning At Royal Ascot 2023
It is also important to consider how each race will be run when placing bets. For example, if your selection has been drawn low but the majority of quick starters are positioned high then the race may not favour that particular runner. This is especially true in sprints where ideally riders want to follow the pace and use the uphill finish for a late burst. On the round course, it pays dividends to begin near or at the front and take advantage of Ascot’s short straight before riders make their move in turning for home.
Ascot Free Bets & Betting Offers
This year’s edition of Royal Ascot is set to be an unmissable event in the world of sports betting. Every year, racing fans from around the world watch the best horses compete for prestigious titles and also place bets on the outcomes. Numerous bookmakers are offering incredible betting offers tailored to the occasion.
Royal Ascot Tips – The Five Big Races
Day 1 – King’s Stand Stakes
The opening day of Royal Ascot 2023 is packed full of exciting Group races, setting the tone for an incredible week of racing. Beginning with the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes. Open to horses aged four years or older, this straight-mile race attracts competitors from across the globe and in 2022 the race was won by Baaeed.
The following race is the Coventry Stakes, a Group 2 contest run over six furlongs and restricted to two-year-olds. The winner in 2022 was Bradsell, trained by Archie Watson.
The feature contest on Day 1 of Royal Ascot is the King’s Stand Stakes which has seen multiple two-time winners in recent years with Equiano (2008 and 2010), Sole Power (2013 and 2014) and Blue Point (2018 and 2019).
The St James’ Palace Stakes is open to three-year-old colts, which holds Group 1 status and is run over a mile distance. Aidan O’Brien, with eight wins, is the most successful trainer in the history of the race.
Day 1 at Royal Ascot also features the Ascot Stakes, a handicap run over just shy of two miles four furlongs that has often seen entries from National Hunt trainers such as Nicky Henderson and Willie Mullins. After that comes the Wolferton Stakes, a listed event run over one mile one furlong where trainer John Gosden has achieved the most wins in history with four. The final race of Day 1 is The Copper Horse Handicap raced over a distance of one mile six furlongs. The race was first introduced in 2020 and was won by Fujaira Prince from Roger Varian’s yard.
Check out our full day 1 Royal Ascot tips here.
Day 2 – Prince Of Wales’ Stakes
Royal Ascot Day 2 opens with the Queen Mary Stakes. This traditional contest of five furlongs is a Group 2 race that is open to two-year-old fillies.
The second race is The Queen’s Vase, which runs over one mile six furlongs as a Group 2 event. It’s become a breeding ground for future Grade 1 performers, with Estimate, Leading Light and Stradivarius all having gained success here before going on to win the Ascot Gold Cup.
The Duke of Cambridge Stakes is next up, with fillies and mares aged four or older competing in this mile race which has been run at Royal Ascot since 2004. Sir Michael Stoute and John Gosden both have four wins each in the event.
Day 2’s main feature is the Prince of Wales’ Stakes, a Group 1 race that covers just shy of one mile two furlongs and has welcomed many renowned names across its 34-year history, including Poet’s Word and Crystal Ocean. Three horses have also achieved success more than once, Muhtarram, Mtolo and Connaught.
The Royal Hunt Cup follows right after, offering horses aged three or older an opportunity to compete over a mile and make it into one of Royal Ascot’s most difficult handicaps with fields often exceeding 20 runners. Field Of Dream (2014) at seven years old is the oldest winner of the race since its inception back in 1980.
A five-furlong Listed Race provides two-year-olds with another chance to shine in the Windsor Castle Stakes; Little Big Bear won in 2022, providing Aidan O’Brien with a third win in the event.
Concluding Day 2’s action is Kensington Palace Stakes, which was added to the programme in 2021. It is open to fillies and mares aged four years and older. The winner in 2022 was Rising Star.
Check out our full day 2 Royal Ascot tips preview here.
Day 3 – Gold Cup
The third day of Royal Ascot starts off the Norfolk Stakes. Run over five furlongs, this race is open to two-year-old horses and was first promoted to Group 2 level in 2006. Legendary jockey Lester Piggott has the most wins in this race (nine).
Traditionally, the King George V Stakes follows, which has been a part of Royal Ascot since 1984. This one-mile three-furlong race is exclusively for three-year-olds and saw Brown Panther take a win back in 2011.
Next up is the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes, another contest reserved for three-year-old fillies. Many of its competitors have raced in the Epsom Oaks previously.
The Gold Cup is a highlight of Day 3. Established in 1807 and running over two miles and three furlongs, Yeats won four consecutive times between 2006 and 2009.
Continuing with races exclusive to three-year-olds, there’s also the Britannia Stakes run over a straight mile, as well as the Hampton Court Stakes over one mile two furlongs.
Closing Day 3 is the seven-furlong handicap Buckingham Palace Stakes for horses aged three and above, it was won in 2022 by Inver Parkunder trainer George Boughey.
Check out our full day 3 Royal Ascot tips here.
Day 4 – Commonwealth Cup
Kicking off the fourth day of Royal Ascot is the Albany Stakes. This Group 3 race runs over six furlongs and only welcomes two-year-old fillies.
The feature race of the day is the Commonwealth Cup, a six-furlong Group 1 sprint open to three-year-old colts and fillies.
Right after that comes the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes, a one-mile four-furlong handicap open to horses aged three or older. The winner in 2022 was Candleford, trained by William Haggas.
Up next is one of Royal Ascot’s most international events, the Coronation Stakes which is a seven-furlong contest for three-year-old fillies only. Frankie Dettori was a winner in 2020 and 2022.
The King Edward VII Stakes, a Group 2 race running at one mile and four furlongs, follows the Sandringham handicap, a one mile race open to three-year-old fillies.
Finally, closing out Royal Ascot Day 4 is an addition from 2020, Palace Of Holyroodhouse Handicap, which is a five-furlong sprint handicap reserved for three-year-olds only that saw Art Power emerge victorious in its inaugural year.
Check out our full day 4 Royal Ascot tips here.
Day 5 – Platinum Jubilee Stakes
Saturday marks the final day of Royal Ascot, and from the iconic Listed Chesham Stakes to the highly contested Jersey Stakes and Platinum Jubilee Stakes, there is something for all to enjoy on Day 5.
The day opens with the Listed Chesham Stakes, a seven-furlong race restricted to two-year-old horses. Following this is the Jersey Stakes, a Group Race open to three-year-olds over seven furlongs. Sir Michael Stoute has won this prestigious event six times.
Moving onto Group 2 level, we have the Hardwicke Stakes – a one-mile three-furlong sprint which many regard as a trial leading up to the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes later on in July. Over the years, Sir Michael Stoute has had huge success in this race with eight winners out of 15 since 2008.
Following this we have one of Royal Ascot’s most exciting events, the Platinum Jubilee Stakes, a six-furlong sprint open to four-year-olds and above.
The fifth event of Day 5 is the Wokingham Stakes – a six-furlong handicap that has been part of Royal Ascot since 1813.
Finally, we have an endurance test for horses aged four and above, The Queen Alexandra Stakes, where competitors run two miles five furlongs.
Check out our full day 5 Royal Ascot tips here.
Royal Ascot Top Betting Tips
To have the best chance of winning your Royal Ascot betting tips, follow the steps below:
Read the daily horse racing discussions on forums to gain insights from experienced racing enthusiasts.
Monitor the going and weather conditions from updates given by the clerk of the course to determine how they may affect a race.
Inspect a horse’s stall position and any early track bias that could be an advantage or disadvantage in the race.
Examine well-bred horses with bloodlines from legendary sires like Frankel, Peintre Celebre and Scat Daddy, as they are often likely contenders.
Identify trainers with previous success in particular races at Royal Ascot.
Analyse past winners of certain races by their handicap weight bands.
Royal Ascot Free Bets & Offers
If you’re looking to open a new betting account in preparation for the event, we recommend taking advantage of the Royal Ascot free bets offered by many bookmakers. They can range from money back on your first bet if it’s unsuccessful, to a certain amount of free bets. There are also other incentives that bookies provide such as enhanced odds or accumulator bonuses which can prove useful. Be sure to read our tips and advice section to get the best betting insight for Royal Ascot 2023.
Royal Ascot Frequently Asked Questions
WHERE IS ASCOT RACECOURSE?
The event is located in the town of Ascot, Berkshire, situated six miles south of Windsor and within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. 25 miles away from London and easily accessible by train from various mainline stations.
HOW MANY RACES ARE THERE AT ROYAL ASCOT?
The meeting consists of 35 races across five days, with seven races on each day including at least one Group 1 contest each afternoon.
WHAT IS THE BIG RACE AT ROYAL ASCOT?
The Ascot Gold Cup; a stayers’ contest over two miles and four furlongs open to four-year-olds and above which has become a major attraction for National Hunt horses due to its long distance demand. Yeats holds the record for most wins having been successful on four occasions (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009).
WHEN DO YOU RELEASE ROYAL ASCOT TIPS?
Our tips are typically released the day prior to racing, with the bigger ante-post races receiving earlier tips. This allows you to have enough time to place your bets and make informed decisions on who to back. Alongside the usual array of tips, we also highlight the best Royal Ascot free bets and enhanced odds, with direct links available to bookmaker websites.
DO YOU OFFER ENHANCED OFFERS AND ASCOT FREE BETS?
We search for the most competitive deals across numerous bookmakers and post them on our site. As enhanced offers are always changing so it’s important to keep an eye out for any new promotions or free bet bonuses in order to maximise your winnings at Royal Ascot 2023.
WHAT DATE IS ROYAL ASCOT 2023?
This year’s event takes place from Tuesday 20 June until Saturday 24 June.