Ascot

Flat and National Hunt course

Ascot

Right handed course. The important part of any course is the Draw and each course has it's favourite positions. On the straight royal hunt course where there generally are large fields both high and low numbers have an advantage over middle numbers.

 

Ultimate advantage will be fixed if the field splits into two groups by the pace on the stands or opposite rails and these will be affected by differences in the going. Ascot has an artificial watering system and with the best will in the world this results in a difference between stands and rails. Note when the going is soft high numbers always hold the difference.

 

Ascot is still the showcase of British Racing, with new stands and work scheduled to start on an £185 million project to realign the course. the work will mainly effect the present straight mile course, this is in order to create space for the new stands. the main aim though is to enable upto 60 days racing a year on this magnificent course. this will double the present figure and will help cement Ascot's place as one of the top five racecourses in the world.

 

The five day Royal meeting in mid - June is still considered one of the best possible racing events, with 15 pattern races including the St james Palace Stakes, The Coronation Stakes, together with the stayers championship the Ascot gold cup, the next month sees Ascot stage the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth diamond stakes this is one of the two most testing races for three and four year old's and upwards in Europe. September sees the Fesitval of British Racing.


National Hunt and Ascot

Having taken place since 1966 the hurdles and chase courses being laid out in the inside of the Flat courses. there are some top races with the Long Walk Hurdle and Ladbroke Hurdle together with a full day sponsored by Victor Chandler.

 

Ascot fences are quite stiff and they do provide a good trial for Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National. The leading national hunt trainers do best at Ascot so figure this into your betting strategies.