When is Royal Ascot? 2021 dates and races for five-day fiesta

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It’s the highlight of the flat racing calendar in Great Britain and it’s just around the corner. Royal Ascot might be quite the formal occasion but don’t let the pomp and pageantry distract you from five days of high-quality action. Yipee!

The thrilling Epsom Classics – the Oaks and the Derby – stepped the flat racing season up a gear but all the attention now turns to next week’s Royal Ascot – the biggest and best meeting of the summer.

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Paddy Power traders have been busy pricing up antepost markets for some of the key renewals at this year’s festival – and you can check those out by visiting our Royal Ascot hub.

But when is Royal Ascot this year? Well, *touch wood* the sun will be shining. The beers will be flowing. And (some) punters will be in attendance. If that’s not enough of a clue then keep on reading for all the key details.

When is Royal Ascot?

The five-day fiesta that is Royal Ascot takes place between Tuesday June 15 and Saturday June 19 in 2021. You’ll want to pop those dates in your diary so you don’t miss a second of the action.

What are the races at Royal Ascot?

Britain’s most valuable meeting has been expanded to a 35-race schedule over the five days after the popularity of last year’s expanded card. The action is scheduled to get underway at 2.30pm on all five days of the meeting with the royal procession taking place half-an-hour before the first race on the card.

Tuesday June 15
Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1)
Coventry Stakes (Group 2)
King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1)
St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1)
Ascot Stakes (Handicap)
Wolferton Stakes (Listed)
Copper Horse Stakes (Handicap)

Wednesday June 16
Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2)
Queen’s Vase (Group 2)
Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2)
Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1)
Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap)
Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed)
Kensington Palace Stakes (Handicap)

Thursday June 17
Norfolk Stakes (Group 2)
Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3)
Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2)
Gold Cup (Group 1)
Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap)
King George V Stakes (Handicap)
Buckingham Palace Stakes (Handicap)

Friday June 18
Albany Stakes (Group 3)
King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2)
Commonwealth Cup (Group 1)
Coronation Stakes (Group 1)
Sandringham Stakes (Handicap)
Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap)
Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes (Handicap)

Saturday June 19
Chesham Stakes (Listed)
Jersey Stakes (Group 3)
Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2)
Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1)
Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap)
Golden Gates Stakes (Handicap)
Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions)

Royal Ascot Antepost Betting

You can find the antepost betting for the meeting’s major races by visiting Paddy Power’s dedicated Royal Ascot hub. To give you a flavour of what to expect, we’ve rounded up the prominent players in our early markets for four key renewals.

Queen Anne Stakes
Palace Pier – 8/15
Order Of Australia – 5/1
Love – 10/1
Armory – 12/1
Lope Y Fernandez – 14/1
Queen Power – 14/1

St James’s Palace Stakes
St Mark’s Basilica – 11/4
Poetic Flare – 3/1
Mostahdaf – 9/2
Lucky Vega – 11/2
Battleground – 6/1
Highland Avenue – 7/1

Gold Cup
Stradivarius – 5/4
Subjectivist – 5/1
Trueshan – 8/1
Tiger Moth – 10/1
Spanish Mission – 10/1
Santiago – 12/1

Coronation Stakes
Mother Earth – 3/1
Empress Josephine – 7/2
Primo Bacio – 4/1
Joan Of Arc – 5/1
Alcohol Free – 6/1
Santa Barbara – 7/1

*Odds quoted on the widget are Future Racing/Antepost prices which means that if your selection does not run in the race for whatever reason, you will lose your stake under traditional antepost rules

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