London is engaged this week with one of the most anticipated horse races in the world. The 2016 Royal Ascot Horse Racing event runs from Tuesday, June 14th to Saturday, June 18th, 2016 with 30 races-5 races a day-and at least 8 of them at group 1 level. Fast horses and their equestrians will compete for millions of pounds in prize money and trophy cups determining who's the best of the best!
Originally called East Cote, this 300-year old race was founded by Queen Anne in 1711. There’s a Queen Anne Stakes race remembering her considering most of the races have royal family and British landmark names such as Queen Mary Stakes, St James Palace, Windsor Castle Stakes Duke of Cambridge, King George V Stakes, etc. Also, the Queen of England and her Royal Family attends this event every year by riding around the track in a horse and carriage leading a horse-drawn procession daily.
Gamblers also have their fun during the Royal Ascot Horse Race by betting thousands to millions of pounds on the races online and offline anticipating which horse is going to win. They even bet which outfit or hat the Queen is going to wear for the event. Aside from betting, there's an extravagant fashion show where women show off their unique, never-before-seen extravagant outfits and hats for all to see. Some of them defy gravity in the way they were designed!
This prestigious horse race focuses on the glitz and glamour with a strict dress code that brings prominence to the event. Elegance surrounds the flat track that the horses race on while people dress to impress. Some anticipated horse performances are Acapulco and Undrafted Winners, Tepin, Mondialiste, Mongolian Saturday, Miss Temple City, Nemoralia, Alice Springs, Frankel and Yeats.
The races will broadcast live on a worldwide screen by the BBC and NBC Sports have struck a deal with Royal Ascot this year to broadcast the event to people in the U.S.A. This event takes place in the countryside of Berkshire, England, (a southwest London suburb), near Windsor Great Park.
There are three types of tickets available to purchase providing different benefits for the attendees. They are The Windsor Enclosure Tickets, The Queen Anne Enclosure, and The Royal Enclosure. All three offer different levels of entertainment, dining options and seating arrangement for maximum enjoyment to those who wants it. The latter gets you closer to the action! Some websites for the tickets are the official Royal Ascot website, StubHub, Viagogo, and eBay. Although the event has started, there’s still a chance to get tickets now for the remaining days!
One way of getting to the racecourse is by the southwest express trains from the Waterloo, Guilford and Reading stations to the Ascot tube station and walking north to the race courses. There's even a National Express Coach bus to and from major cities in the UK making it convenient for all British citizens. There’s even a helicopter landing pad for private and chartered helicopter flights from Fairoaks Airport and White Waltham Airport.