Royal Ascot Festival 2014

17/06/2014 - 21/06/2014

Guide to Royal Ascot The meeting Tickets How to get there Disability access Course guide Dress code The meeting Ascot – Frankel

ROYAL ASCOT is Flat racing's most prestigious meeting and takes place each year in mid-June. It attracts some of the best horses and jockeys from around the world and is famous for its place in the racing and social calendar.

Each day of the meeting, which this year runs from Tuesday, June 17 until Saturday, June 21, contains at least one feature race, with three prestigious Group 1 contests kickstarting the opening day.

The Queen Anne Stakes, won by Declaration of War last year, starts proceedings on Tuesday.

Next is the King's Stand Stakes – a thrilling 5f sprint recently dominated by overseas raiders, especially from Australia. The final Group 1 on Tuesday is the St James's Palace Stakes which is a traditional target for 2,000 Guineas winners from Britain and Ireland.

Wednesday's feature is the Prince of Wales's Stakes. Along with Saturday's Diamond Jubilee Stakes it is the most valuable race at Royal Ascot, worth £500,000.

The highlight of Royal Ascot is the Gold Cup, run on the Thursday. Staged over 2m4f, the race is the longest Group 1 in Britain and is contested by the best Flat stayers. Yeats notched four consecutive victories in the race before being retired in October 2009.

Last year Estimate ran to victory, and early betting lists Leading Light as this year's favourite.

Three-year-old fillies take centre stage on Friday in the Coronation Stakes. The race provides the chance for 1,000 Guineas winners from Britain, Ireland and France to clash over Ascot's round mile.

Saturday climaxes with the Diamond Jubilee, a sprint over 6f which sometimes attracts horses who contested Tuesday's Kin­g's Stand Stakes. Australian speedball Choisir was the last horse to win both races in 2003.

The remaining 23 races of the royal meeting are made up of lesser Group events and cracking handicaps.

The Queen normally attends every day of Royal Ascot.