05 Jun When is Royal Ascot 2015 start and how do I buy tickets?
When does Royal Ascot take place?
The Royal Ascot race meeting begins on Tuesday, 16th June, and lasts for five days until Saturday, 20th June.
Gates open at 10:30am on Tuesday, with three Group One races getting things underway. The first race starts at 2:30pm.
How do I get tickets?
You can purchase tickets at the Royal Ascot website. But be quick: they’ve already started selling out.
Tickets for the first day will set you back £27 for a place in the Silver Ring, or £67 for grandstand admission. The prestigious final day has already sold out, and seated grandstand tickets are changing hands online for figures exceeding £1000.
Is it live on television?
Yes. All 30 races at Royal Ascot will be shown live on Channel 4 and Racing UK
Who are the star runners?
Royal Ascot will host 30 races over its 5 days, and the week’s most expensive race is The Prince of Wales’s Stakes, which has a prize of £525,000. The four year old colt Free Eagle is favourite.
But it is the famed Gold Cup which is Ascot’s most famous event. The race, which is two miles and four furlongs long, promises a prize of £375,000 to the winner. Taking place on Thursday 18th, the current favourite is the five year old stayer Forgotten Rules.
What is the dress code?
Strict. In the grandstand, a hat, headpiece or fascinator is mandatory, and shorts are not permitted. Midriffs must be covered, and trousers must be full length and worn with a top which befits a formal occasion.
In the Silver Ring, smart dress is encouraged, although there is no formal dress code. Ascot put their foot down when it comes to sportswear, however, and replica sports shirts are not permitted. So you can leave that Dukla Prague away kit at home.
What time will the Queen be turning up?
The Queen likes nothing more than watching a bit of horse racing: she’s attended every Royal Meeting during her 63-year reign. She’ll visit Ascot on Thursday and will be in place for the first race of the day, which will likely start sometime after 2pm.