Over 300 years old, Royal Ascot could be the finest event on the British racing calendar. The event attracts some of the best racehorses from across the globe, taking part in 30 world-class races over the five days. There’s plenty of activity outside of the races as well. With daily Royal Processions, delicious restaurants, and communal singing every evening, the prestigious event is steeped in history! Read on to find out our five fun facts about Royal Ascot.

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Prize Money

With £7.3m up for grabs in prize money, Royal Ascot is the most valuable race meeting in Britain! There’s no wonder the event attracts world-class racehorses and 300,000 racegoers across the five days.

Wetting the Whistle

Around 44,000 bottles of wine are consumed over the five-day event! If you prefer your drinks soft, 128,500 bottles of mineral water and 80,000 cups of tea are also consumed throughout the event – how very British!

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The Climb!

It’s a 73-foot climb from the lowest point of the course, Swinley Bottom, to the highest, the Winning Post! There’s no wonder Ascot Racecourse is known for being challenging for the horses, especially when raced over fences.


The 18-month, £220m redevelopment which took place in 2006 was the single biggest investment in British horse racing history! The new Grandstand has a capacity of 80,000, designed for optimal viewing of what has been described as the finest racecourse in the world.

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A Royal Race

Ascot Racecourse has always had royal history, founded by Queen Anne in 1711! In 1911, the summer race meeting officially became a Royal week, and every year, Queen Elizabeth II herself attends the race meeting, along with other members of the British Royal Family.

Over 300 years of history and tradition combine with world-class racing to make Royal Ascot one of Britain’s finest race events. If your passion for all things equestrian takes you out of the crowd and into the saddle, you may want to consider taking out Horse Insurance. With Optional Benefits like Vet’s Fees covering up to £5,000 per incident^, you could benefit from up to 30% discount* on your Horse Insurance policy. Race on down to The Insurance Emporium to find out more!

* The 30% discount is made up of 20% Introductory Discount plus 10% Multi-horse Discount (if appropriate). The Introductory Discount is available for the first 12 premium payments on lunar monthly policies or one premium payment on annual policies.

^ Cover for Vet’s Fees up to £5,000 per incident available as an Optional Benefit on Lunar Monthly policies.

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