Royal Ascot (2021) Odds, Betting Tips and Previews

When it comes to prestigious horse racing events, you do not get any more prestigious than the Royal Ascot. This is the biggest event in the horse racing world, and it involves 5 days of Flat meeting in mid-June. With a total of over £8 million up for grabs in prize money, this event attracts the best Flat horses from across the world. Those who participate get to perform in front of the Queen as she attends each race day every year, alongside 300,000 other horse racing fanatics. The Royal Ascot in 2021 is scheduled to take place from Tuesday the 15th of June until Saturday the 19th of June. Below in this guide, you will find all you need to know about this fantastic horse race event that is Royal Ascot in Berkshire).

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A Word to the Sponsors

Over the years, Ascot has created strong marketing relationships with like-minded brands that benefit both parties. They are always happy to speak to brands who want to develop a marketing relationship and they have plenty of opportunities to suit different business proposals.

The support from Ascot's sponsors is what allows them to remain at the top of the horse racing industry, and they are really grateful for their support. The innovative and modern Grandstand has been designed in such a way to cater for different corporate demands, so they welcome promotional deals that are beyond the norm.

Below we have listed the main sponsors that help to keep Royal Ascot week as big as it is:

  1. QIPCO
  2. Longines
  3. Beefeater London
  4. BetFred
  5. Dubai Duty Free
  6. Fenwick
  7. Fever-Tree
  8. Garrard
  9. Hallgarten and Novum Wines
  10. Harrogate Spring Water
  11. Lavazza
  12. Moet and Chandon
  13. Porsche
  14. Sodexo
  15. Stella Artois

Royal Ascot Races Schedule

As we mentioned above, this event is held over five days and has 36 races that horse racing fans across the world can enjoy. Below we are going to provide you with the full schedule for the Royal Ascot races because this can be very useful if you are thinking about betting on races at this festival. You can mark down the times of the races that you are interested in because you have bet on a horse that is running in it. So, without further ado, let's get cracking, shall we?

Day One - Tuesday 15th June 2021

The festival kicks off with a big bang on Tuesday the 15th of June with some great Group races. The highlight of the opening day is the Queen Anne Stakes, while the King's Stand Stakes and the Royal Ascot St James palace Stakes are other top-quality Group 1 races taking place on Royal Ascot day 1. As you can see, the Queen Anne Stakes is the first race time. Below is the table with the full schedule for the race card for Royal Ascot Tuesday:

Start TimeRaceDistance
14:30pmQueen Anne Stakes1m
15:05pmCoventry Stakes6f
15:40pmKing's Stand Stakes5f
16.15pmSt James's Palace Stakes1m
16:50pmAscot Stakes Handicap5f
4:10pmWolferton Stakes1m 2f
4:40pmCopper Horse Stakes1m 6f

Day Two - Wednesday 16th June 2021

Royal Ascot Day 2 has one of the highlights of the whole event, and this is the Prince of Wales's Stakes. This race is four horses four years and older and it is contested by many of the best middle-distance horses around with the likes of Crystal Ocean (2019), Al Kazeem (2013), and So You Think (2012) being just some of the famous horses that have won this prestigious race in the last ten years. Once again, below you can find a table with the schedule of the whole day:

Start TimeRaceDistance
14:30pmQueen Mary Stakes5f
15:05pmQueen's Vase1m 6f
15:40pmDuke of Cambridge Stakes1m
16.15Prince of Wales's Stakes1m 2f
16:50pmRoyal Hunt Cup1m
17:25pmWindsor Castle Stakes5f
18:00pmKensington Palace Stakes1m

Day Three - Thursday 17th June 2021

Royal Ascot Day 3 is when the Royal Ascot Gold Cup takes place, which is the main race of the event. The Queen is the one who hands over the trophy and cheque to the Royal Ascot Gold Cup winners. This day is also known as Royal Ascot Ladies Day and it is when ladies at the event all dress up as glamorous as they can. Stradivarius has dominated this race recently having been victorious in 2018, 2019, and 2020 - quite a feat if you ask us. Another big race on the day is the Britannia Stakes Royal Ascot. Check out the table below for the full racing schedule of Day 3:

Start TimeRaceDistance
14:30pmNorfolk Stakes5f
15:05pmHampton Court Stakes1m 2f
15:40pmRibblesdale Stakes1m 4f
16:15pmRoyal Ascot Gold Cup2m 4f
16:50pmBritannia Handicap Stakes1m
17:25pmKing George V Stakes1m 4f
18:00pmBuckingham Palace Stakes7f

Day Four - Friday 18th June 2021

Royal Ascot Day 4 is headlined by the Commonwealth Cup which is a sprint for horses that are three years old. This race only came into being in 2015, but it has quickly become one of the biggest race at the event and a race all jockeys and trainers want to win and it has been won in the past by great horses such as Advertise (2019), Caravaggio Royal Ascot (2017), and Muhaarar (2015). Below is the schedule for Day 4 of the Ascot Royal meeting:

Start TimeRaceDistance
14:30pmAlbany Stakes6f
15:05King Edward VII Stakes1m 4f
15:40pmCommonwealth Cup6f
16:15pmCoronation Stakes1m
16:50pmSandringham Stakes1m
17:25pmDuke of Edinburgh Stakes1m
18:00pmPalace of Holyroodhouse Stakes5f

Day Five - Saturday 19th June 2021

The meeting was extended to 5 days back in 2002 in honour of the Queen's Golden Jubilee, and the big race at Royal Ascot Day 5 is the Golden Jubilee Stakes. This race was renamed the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2012 to mark the up-to-date celebrations for the Queen's reign. Another popular race on Royal Ascot Saturday is the St. James Palace Stakes. Below you can find the Royal Ascot Saturday race card.

Start TimeRaceDistance
14:30pmChesham Stakes7f
15:05pmJersey Stakes7f
15:40pmHardwicke Stakes1m 4f
16:15pmDiamond Jubilee Stakes6f
16:50pmWokingham Stakes6f
17:25pmGolden Gate Stakes1m 2f
18:00pmQueen Alexandra Stakes22f

Royal Ascot Runners and Odds

As can be seen from the schedule above, the Festival has plenty of races to keep horse racing betting fans happy all over the world. Over the course of the 5 days, hundreds of horses from all across the world, as well as top trainers, gather to provide the horse racing world with entertainment galore. Not only is there a lot of money up for grabs for the jockeys, trainers, and owners of the horses, especially for those who win the Royal Ascot Gold Cup in 2021, but horse racing fans can make a tidy profit if they know what to put their money on.

In the next section, we shall provide you with some Royal Ascot betting tips that could help you when you go to bet on horse racing Royal Ascot. However, before we do that, we are going to provide you with a table of odds for the biggest race of each day. In these tables, you will be able to find every runner, their odds from some of the best bookies around, as well as who the trainers are. It is good to get an idea as to who the favourites are for each race as well as who trained them because the trainer can be the difference between winning or losing.

Since we are still some distance away from the festival, the odds are not out yet. Additionally, the final line up of horses for each race is not out yet, meaning we do not know exactly how many horses will be running in each event. Therefore, closer to the time, we will update all of the tables below with the relevant information.

Day One - Queen Anne Stakes (14:30)

The Queen Anne Stakes is a 1-mile-long race that is open to horses who are 4 years or older. It will have a purse of around £600,000. Below you will find some Royal Ascot Betting odds for this big race on Day 1.


RunnersBookie 1Bookie 2Bookie 3Bookie 4Bookie 5Trainer

Day Two - Prince of Wales's Stakes (16:15)

The Prince of Wales's Stakes is a race for horses over the age of four and it is 1-mile, 1-furlong, and 212 yards long. The best-performing horses in this race will share a purse of £200,000. If you want to do some Royal Ascot betting on this race, check out the table below:

RunnersBookie 1Bookie 2Bookie 3Bookie 4Bookie 5Trainer

Day Three - Royal Ascot Gold Cup (16:15)

When it comes to the results, the Gold Cup is the one that all Royal Ascot Wednesday runners want to win. This Royal Ascot Day Three race is 2-miles, 3-furlongs, and 210 yards long, making it the longest race on the day. It has a purse of £500,000, but participants are more concerned about making history than winning the money. If you are betting on the Royal Ascot, then you definitely have to place a bet on this prestigious race. Check out the table below to see who you want to bet on:

RunnersBookie 1Bookie 2Bookie 3Bookie 4Bookie 5Trainer

Day Four - Commonwealth Cup (15:40)

The Commonwealth Cup is the big race on Day Four and it is a 6-furlong race that is open to fillies and colts that are aged three. This race is only 6 years old, but it has already become a popular race among jockeys and punters alike. The purse for this race also stands at £500,000. If you are thinking about betting on this race, check out the table below to find out what odds some of the best horse racing betting sites are offering for it:

RunnersBookie 1Bookie 2Bookie 3Bookie 4Bookie 5Trainer

Day Five - Diamond Jubilee Stakes (16:15)

The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is the big race on the final day of the festival, and it is a 6-furlong race that is open to horses that are 4 years or older. Once again, jockeys are competing for a purse of around £600,000. If you are thinking about betting on this big race, then we recommend you check out the table below:

RunnersBookie 1Bookie 2Bookie 3Bookie 4Bookie 5Trainer
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Royal Ascot Tips

When it comes to betting on the Royal Ascot, you can jump right in and start betting without doing any research, but if you do this then you are just setting yourself up to fail. While it is true that you might win a race every now and then doing this, more often than not you will end up losing your bet. Below we are going to provide you with tips that you should keep in mind when you are deciding what horse to bet on.

The Trainer Stats

It is pretty obvious that the trainer plays a very important role when it comes to the performance of a horse in a race. For instance, Aidan O'Brien is considered to be one of the best trainers around based on the number of times a horse that he has trained has won the Gold Cup. He got his first win back in 2005 with Yeats and then he got three more wins with Yeats in 2007, 2008, and 2009. In 2011, 2014, and 2016 he won with Fame and Glory, then Leading Light, and then Order of St George. So, great Royal Ascot Gold Cup tips are to take a look at the horses in the race that he has trained.

The Jockey Stats

Jockeys have a less important role, but they are definitely not insignificant. Therefore, some other horse racing tips are to have a look at the stats of previous races and whether a certain jockey pops up time and time again. Frankie Dettori was the jockey that helped Stradivarius to Gold Cup victory in 2018 and 2019, while Ryan Moore rode Estimate and Order of St John to victory in 2013 and 2016. So, when you are thinking about betting on a race, take a moment to find out more about the jockey who will be riding the horse you want to bet on.

Some Tips for Each Day

Below we will provide you with some tips for the big races for each day.

Royal Ascot Day 1 tips: The big event on the Royal Ascot race card today is the Queen Anne Stakes and by looking at past trends you can get an idea as to who will have a chance of winning. The age of the last 8 winners of this race was 4, while 6 of the previous 12 winners have been favourites, while 10 of the last 12 winners have been in the top 3. To add to this, 6 of the previous 12 winners have won their last race, while 10 of the previous 12 winners raced within 31 days. Most importantly, 11 of the last 12 winners had 4 races over 1-mile, while 11 of the last 12 winners had at least one victory over 1-mile.

Royal Ascot Day 2 tips: The big race on this day is the Prince of Wales's Stakes and below are some Royal Ascot tips for Wednesday. In this big event, 12 of the previous 12 winners have been 4 or 5 years old. Out of these 12 winners, 3 have been favourites, while 11 of them have been top 3 favourites. In addition to this, 8 of the previous winners have won their previous race, while 10 of the last 12 winners have placed in their last run. Also, 10 of the last 12 victors had 2 runs over 10f, while 11 of them had at least 1 victory over 10f. Take these Royal Ascot Day Two tips on board when deciding on who you want to bet on.

Royal Ascot Day 3 tips: The big race on the third day of this event is the Gold Cup and below you can find some Royal Ascot tips Thursday. In this huge race, 11 of the previous 12 winners have been aged 4-6. When it comes to odds, 8 of the previous 12 winners have been favourites or joint-favourites, while 9 of them were in the top 3. Regarding their last run, 8 of the previous 12 winners won their previous race before the Royal Ascot, while 11 of the last 12 winners had run within the last 53 days. Also, and this is something we think you should pay particular attention to, 9 of the last 12 winners had one run at least once at Ascot, while 8 of them had one at least once at Ascot. Keep all this in mind when you are looking at Gold Cup runners.

Royal Ascot Day 4 tips: The main race on Day 4 is the Commonwealth Cup and below you will find some Royal Ascot Friday tips. Since this race is only for horses aged 3, all the winners have obviously been three years old. When it comes to odds, 2 of the previous 6 winners have started as favourites or joint-favourites, while 3 of the 6 have started the race in the top 3. Also, 2 of the last 6 winners have won their last race before the Commonwealth Cup, while 5 of the winners had taken part in a run in the last 48 days. One final trend is that all 6 winners had 3 previous races over 6f, with all 6 having at least one win of 6f. These Day 4 Royal Ascot tips can help you pick a winner for this big race so make sure you make use of these Friday Royal Ascot tips.

Royal Ascot Day 5 tips: The main Day 5 race is the Diamond Jubilees Stakes and below are some Royal Ascot racing tips you should keep in mind if you want to bet on this race this year. Of the last 12 winners, 12 of them have been aged 3-5. With regards to odds, 4 of the previous winners have been favourites or joint-favourites, while 8 of them have been in the top 3. When it comes to previous runs, 8 of the last 12 winners had run a race before the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, while 9 of them ran a race in the last 50 days. Also, 11 of the last 12 winners have run at least 4 races over 6f, while 10 of them had at least 1 win over 6f.

Royal Ascot Free Bets

So, now that we have given you some valuable information that could help you to find the Royal Ascot best bets, we are going to take a look at free bets. The majority of bookmakers nowadays will offer new customers free bets in order to try and get them to sign up with them. Free bets, like most things in this life, are not created equally, so below we have provided you with a table that shows the leading bookies based on the free bets that they offer as well as the horse races that they cover.

You can use these free bets on any racing event that you like (or any other sport), but we would recommend that you use them during the Royal Ascot so that you have a chance of making a nice profit.

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N.B. Bonuses are something that are changing all of the time as bookmakers always need new ways to stay ahead of their rivals. Therefore, there is a chance that if you decide to pay a visit to the site of one of the bookies from the table above that the bonuses do not match. This is out of our control, but we must stress that we do try to update all of our pages regularly. However, even if they have changed and we have missed it, we are certain that the new bonus will be just as good or better than the previous one.


Since the Royal Ascot is still some time away, the runners for each race have not been finalised yet, and as we draw closer to the big event, we will get a better picture as to the horses that will have the biggest potential to do well. Favourites change all the time as some horses lose form or pick up injuries that could have a negative impact on them come race week.

In the latest Royal Ascot news, we take a look at some of the horses who are expected to run and do well as well as give you other news that can help you when you are betting on this huge meeting.

A P O'Brien Aims for Even More Success

Throughout his career, A P O'Brien has had so much success that he is considered to be one of the greatest horse trainers in the sport. Horses that he has trained have won 74 races at this festival, which really is legendary status. This includes a staggering 7 Gold Cup wins with Yeats (who won the race four years in a row), Giants Causeway, Gleneagles, and Rock of Gibraltar. If he wins the Gold Cup once more, he will enter Royal Ascot records. He has been crowned the Top Trainer at Ascot 10 times, with 5 of these wins coming consecutively from 2015 to 2019. When you are looking at what horses to bet on at the 2021 Royal Ascot, you will not be hindering your chances of making money if you back a horse he trained.

John Gosden Hopes to Join an Elite Club

Stradivarius has won the Gold Cup the last three years, and he is trained by John Gosden. If Stradivarius goes on to win it once again in 2021, then Gosden will join A P O'Brien in the club of jockeys that have had a horse win the Gold Cup four times in a row. He has won more than 40 races at the Royal Ascot, and was the Top Trainer in 2020 with 6 wins at the festival. He will be hoping that he is as successful this time around.

The Early Favourites

There are some early favourites for the Gold Cup, and we take a look at these below:

Stradivarius: He has won the Gold Cup for the last three years in a row. With Frankie Detorri as his jockey and if Gosden can keep him free of injury, then he will definitely be a hot favourite with horse racing fans this year.

Battassh: He is one of the world's fastest flat racing horses, and he got his first win at the Royal Ascot in 2020. If he lines up in 2021, he will be a firm favourite - it is expected that he will race in the King's Stand Stakes in an attempt to defend his title.

Palace Pier: Anyone who knows anything about horse racing will know just how talented this horse is. He won the St James's Palace Stakes last year, beating the race favourite, Pinatubo. He then travelled to France and won the Jacques Le Marois race.

Lord North: He is held in high regard and will attempt to be just the fourth horse ever to be victorious in multiple Prince of Wales's Stakes titles at the 2021 Royal Ascot. The last time this feat was done was in 1995, so he has a chance to make history. To date, he has had a solid 2021 season and you can never discount a horse that is trained by Gosden.

Attendance Will Likely be Limited

Due to the current Covid-19 issue, it is highly unlikely that they will be accepting full attendance at the grounds this year. It is likely they will have a much-reduced capacity limit, meaning that you are probably going to end up watching the events from home. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways that you can watch all the action.

Freeview: You will be able to find all of the races on a Freeview channel such as ITV or Channel 4. Check closer to the time to see who will be covering all of the races from this prestigious event.

Racing TV: When it comes to horse racing channels in Ireland and the United Kingdom, this is the main one as it covers meetings from 35 different racetracks in the United Kingdom and 26 racetracks throughout Ireland. Each year they show their viewers more than 8,000 races, with many being shown only on this channel. British horse racing fans can watch this channel if they are Sky or Virgin customers, while Irish horse racing fans can watch it if they are Sky, Virgin, or Vodafone customers.

Sportsbooks: Betting on the horses is a pastime that is now so popular that all the best bookmakers around offer a variety of live streams for horse racing events around the world. All the best bookmakers will stream events from the Royal Ascot, so you just have to log into your account in order to enjoy them.

A Look Back at the Previous Year

The Gold Cup at the 2020 Royal Ascot was won by Stradivarius, for the third year in a row. He was being raced by the extremely successful Frankie Dettori and was trained by John Gosden, who won the Top Trainer award, having picked up six wins. As we mentioned above, he will be one of the favourites to win it this year as well.

In the table below, you can find a detailed results table of the 2020 Gold Cup:

Horses in Finishing OrderJockeyTrainerOdds
StradivariusF DetorriJ Gosden1/2
Nayef RoadR MooreM Johnston12/1
Cross CounterJ DoyleC Appleby6/1
WithholdJ WatsonR Charlton30/1
MekongJ CrowleyJ Osbourne50/1
Prince of ArranA AtzeniJ Osbourne20/1
TechnicianO MurphyM Meade6/1
Moonlight SpiritW BuickC Appleby10/1


When is the Royal Ascot?

The Royal Ascot in 2021 will take place from the 15th to the 19th of June.

How Many Days is the Royal Ascot?

The Royal Ascot lasts 5 days and there are a total of 36 races for horse racing fans across the world to enjoy.

Where is the Royal Ascot Held?

The Royal Ascot takes place in Ascot, which is a town in Berkshire.

Will Royal Ascot Take Place in 2021?

Yes, the Royal Ascot will take place in 2021, but it is highly likely that there will be reduced attendance due to the current Covid-19 situation.

Who to Bet on at Royal Ascot?

This is not an easy question to answer because there are so many different races over the course of the five days. However, the biggest race of the meeting is the Gold Cup, and Stradivarius will be one of the favourites to win his 4th title in a row.

Can I Bet on Royal Ascot?

Yes, you can bet on all of the races at the Royal Ascot. There will be 36 different races that you will be able to put your money on.

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