Royal Ascot 2023: Race times, how to watch on TV and protest updates

The exciting Royal Ascot event is coming up soon. It will be a big hit with racing fans and people who love British social events. This year is extra special because it’s the first Royal Ascot since Queen Elizabeth II died. She was a huge fan of the races, so they’ve renamed one in her honor. They call it the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes instead of the Platinum Jubilee Stakes. According to the Daily Mail, King Charles isn’t excited about Royal Ascot because it’s his first time as king.

There will be five days of amazing Flat racing at Royal Ascot, and here’s what you need to know about the race times, how to watch it on TV, and some tips for betting to make the experience even more enjoyable.

Royal Ascot will commence on Tuesday, June 20, and continue until Saturday, June 24. The event takes place at Ascot Racecourse, located in Berkshire, England. For those eager to catch the action live from the comfort of their homes and get into the excitement of horse racing betting, ITV1 will broadcast the meeting daily on free-to-air television. Alternatively, Sky Sports Racing will also provide coverage, but a subscription to Sky Sports is required for access.

Now let’s delve into the race schedule, highlighting the key races and the anticipated contenders.

Tuesday, June 20

Queen Anne Stakes (2:30 pm BST): This prestigious Group 1 race over a mile will kick-start Royal Ascot. Watch for potential favorites such as Palace Pier and Poetic Flare.

Coventry Stakes (3:05 pm BST): This race for two-year-olds over six furlongs is always a thrilling contest, unveiling future stars of the sport.

King’s Stand Stakes (3:40 pm BST): A Group 1 sprint over five furlongs, attracting the finest speedsters in the business. Expect an exhilarating battle for supremacy.

St James’s Palace Stakes (4:20 pm BST): Another Group 1 race over a mile featuring three-year-old colts. Notable contenders include Chaldean and Paddington.

Wednesday, June 21

Prince of Wales’s Stakes (4:20 pm BST): The Group 1 highlight of the day, open to four-year-olds and above. A race is known for showcasing the best mile-and-a-quarter horses. Keep an eye on Adayar, Luxembourg, and Bay Bridge.

Thursday, June 22

Gold Cup (4:20 pm BST): The ultimate test of stamina, this Group 1 race spans two miles and four furlongs. Witness the battle of the stayers and keep an eye out for contenders such as Coltrane, Eldar Eldarov, and Broome.

Friday, June 23

Commonwealth Cup (3:05 pm BST): This Group 1 sprint for three-year-olds over six furlongs is always exhilarating. Look out for promising speedsters like Perfect Power.

Coronation Stakes (4:20 pm BST): A Group 1 race for three-year-old fillies over a mile, attracting some of the best females in the sport. Expect a competitive field and watch the likes of Echoes In Rain and Vauban.

Saturday, June 24

Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes (4:20 pm BST): Previously known as the Platinum Jubilee Stakes, this Group 1 race honors Queen Elizabeth II. A thrilling contest over a mile will surely capture the imagination of racing fans.

In addition to the racing action, there have been concerns regarding potential protests by the animal rights group ‘Animal Rising.’ However, Ascot Racecourse has stated that they will not be seeking a high court injunction to protect the track against potential disruptions. Officials are confident that existing legislation and collaboration with Thames Valley Police will suffice to respond to any disorder or disruption incidents. Peaceful protests will be accommodated outside the racecourse, with increased security measures and a heightened police presence throughout the week.

In the latest news, trainer Willie Mullins is preparing a “four or five runners” team for Royal Ascot, including Grade One-winning hurdlers, Echoes In Rain and Vauban. Mullins, a dominant force in National Hunt and Flat racing, has achieved numerous victories at the Cheltenham Festival and aims to continue succeeding at the prestigious Flat meeting.

With Royal Ascot just days away, anticipation is building for this spectacular event. So mark your calendars, tune in to the TV broadcasts, and immerse yourself in the world-class racing, fashion, and tradition of Royal Ascot.

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