Ascot Betfair Weekend 22 to 24 July, 2011

Featuring the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, this weekend is a glittering event amongst Ascot’s summer racing calendar. The Group 1, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes  (sponsored by Betfair) is the feature race – and highlight of the Betfair Weekend – commemorates Her Majesty The Queen’s late parents and is the European mid-season middle distance championship and worth £1,000,000.  “The King George” is a QIPCO British Champions Series race and part of the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In scheme.

 

The supporting card is second to none with the £150,000 Betfair Summer Double First Leg International Handicap the big betting race of the day and the Group 3 Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes; a traditional pointer towards the following season’s QIPCO 1,000 Guineas.

Jockeys to wear armbands for The Prostate Cancer Charity

In the UK alone, 1 in 9 men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives.  Betfair is working with The Prostate Cancer Charity this year to help raise awareness of the most common cancer in men.  To help us do this, we’re delighted that the jockeys riding in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes are wearing armbands for the cause.

JP McManus, who is backing the campaign, said: “As someone who has been treated for prostate cancer, I think it is great that Betfair and Ascot have taken this initiative, together with The Prostate Cancer Charity, and I am fully supportive of it.  We all think that it’ll never happen to us but it can, and I think it is important for all men to be aware of it. Early diagnosis of prostate cancer is essential so that what can be a very manageable situation is dealt with before it becomes unmanageable.”

Betfair’s Chairman, Edward Wray commented: “We are thrilled to be supporting our Charity of the Year in this way, and we hope that this initiative will not only help raise awareness in racing circles, but also to a far wider audience.  And we would like to thank the different racing bodies who have responded so positively to our proposal for armbands to be worn in our race for the Charity.”

For more information about prostate cancer please visit www.prostate-cancer.org.uk.


Entertainment Highlights
Put your glad rags on as you are invited to the largest cocktail party of the summer! This is your chance to dress to impress as Ascot hosts an event of pure glamour and sophistication in our collection of relaxed outdoor cocktail lounges. Our highly skilled mixologists will be creating masterpieces for the senses set to the backdrop of a traditional English summer garden as you watch the Sport of Kings.As you arrive, you will be serenaded by music on the Bandstand. This will then move to a lively cover band after racing, where you and your friends can strut your stuff on the outdoor dance floor for an hour after the last race.

Barton Wyatt Estate Agents Ascot