Royal Ascot 2024

You have found the Girdys Gee Gees Royal Ascot page. Here you will find all the Royal Ascot tips, Royal Ascot news and details of the betting for all thirty-five races at Royal Ascot 2024. If you were looking for Royal Ascot dress code advice and fashion hints you are on the wrong page, sorry, horses I know, strappy dresses and big hats, not so much! 

Prize money for Royal Ascot 2024 will be a record £10,050,000 million and all Group One races will be run for a minimum of £650,000. Beginning Tuesday 18th June and concluding on Saturday 22nd June the gates open at 10.30am on all five days with the Royal Procession due at 2.00pm and the first race each day off at 2.30pm with the last at 6.10pm. 

ITV and Sky Sports Racing will be broadcasting live throughout all five days. Sky Sports Racing will show all seven races each day along with plenty of insight and interviews and they have a Royal Ascot preview show at 7pm on Tuesday 13th June. ITV have announced (5th June) that they will also show all the races though it will involve a fair bit of channel hopping. The schedule is: Tuesday 18th June: ITV1 13.30-18.00 / ITV4 18.00-18.30 Wednesday 19th June: ITV4 13.30-16.15 / ITV1 16.15-18.00 / ITV4 18.00-18.30 Thursday 20th June: ITV4 13.30-16.15 / ITV1 16.15-18.00 / ITV4 18.00-18.30 Friday 21st June: ITV1 13.30-16.15 / ITV4 16.15-18.30 Saturday 22nd June: ITV1 13.30-16.15 / ITV4 16.15-18.40. he daily hour-long editions of The Opening Show, presented by Oli Bell, will air at 09.30 from Tuesday to Saturday on ITV4. 

Royal Ascot 2024 Ante-Post Portfolio

Commonwealth Cup - Vandeek 11-4
The Royal Double: St James's Palace Stakes & Ascot Gold Cup - Notable Speech & Kyprios 3.3-1
Duke of Cambridge Stakes - Rogue Millennium 5-1 

13th June 2024: 

Laurel has been heading the market for the Group Two Duke of Cambridge Stakes in the run-up to the meeting despite not being seen since finishing down the field in the G.1 Lockinge Stakes last season. With just five starts to her name as a five-year-old she has clearly had her problems but most interesting to me was a video posted by Emma Berry of the Thoroughbred Daily News on Twitter in which the filly can be seen dropping off the back of Inspiral and Lord North in a gallop on the July course around a furlong out and being eased down; it didn’t look a great prep to me for a G.2 engagement. Perhaps it was the plan but if you’d seen it you wouldn’t want to be backing her and I’m wondering if she will even run…………Last year's winner Rogue Millennium has been aimed at this and suddenly looks value at 5’s with Coral ante-post to my eyes. Joseph O’Brien said of her recently “She obviously didn’t get much luck on her first start for us at the Curragh, but she ran well and seems to have come forward really well for it since. She won the Duke Of Cambridge last year when it was run on the straight track. It has been switched to the round track this year and we think that will play to her strengths. It looks a lovely spot for her before she makes her way back into Group 1 company and she’s one that we’ve love quick ground for.” She got no luck at all in her seasonal reappearance in the G.2 Lanwades Stud Stakes but if nothing else that would have put her straight for this and I am on the daughter of Dubawi.

12th June 2024: 

The picture is becoming clearer for next week at Royal Ascot as to which horses will run where and there could be some activity in the ante-post markets over the next few days but with Bookies still not offering non-runner no bet and the weather somewhat unpredictable I won't be going crazy. I have had a cheeky double on what I think are the two 'good things' of the week in the shape of Notable Speech in the St James's Palace Stakes and Kyprios in the Ascot Gold Cup. The double pays 3.3-1 and I am happy enough to take a chance at that as I wouldn't be surprised if Notable Speech continues to get shorter, I think he can improve again yet and that will surely see him win this, and Kyprios could go off at long odds-on especially if a few from Ballydoyle have gone in over the first couple of days. Aidan O'Brien said this week of his charge “He’s had a great winter and a great spring and everyone is very happy with him at the moment. His first two runs were lovely, so we’re really looking forward to getting him there. He was always the same horse at home from the time he was a two-year-old – he was all very laid-back, he travels and when he goes there (the front) he doesn’t do much, he always did that. We feel the Gold Cup is a very special race, it’s a very unique race. Most horses with a staying pedigree would get nearly two miles, but when you go past that it goes into an unbelievably different territory altogether and very few really get it that well."

10th June 2024: 

The week ahead in the world of horse racing is somewhat overshadowed with Royal Ascot the following week. On Wednesday we will get the confirmations for the Queen Anne, King Charles III Stakes and St James’s Palace on the opening day of the Royal meeting, plus entries for the remaining day one races, including the Coventry Stakes. Thursday sees Royal Ascot's day two card confirmations for the Prince of Wales's Stakes, Duke of Cambridge Stakes and Royal Hunt Cup. Entries for the undercard, including the Queen Mary and Queen's Vase, will also be announced. The next set of Royal Ascot confirmations and entries for day three, including the feature Gold Cup, will be revealed at lunchtime on Friday. Over the weekend the Royal Ascot picture becomes clearer still with the confirmations for the Coronation Stakes and Commonwealth Cup as well as entries for the other five races on the Friday and on Sunday we get the declarations for Royal Ascot on Tuesday. This page will be updated every day with news and of course any bets as and when they are placed. Not long to wait now.................

Last year’s 5f G.2 Queen Mary Stakes winner in the tightest of photo finishes Crimson Advocate is on her way back to Ascot and is to join the yard of John & Thady Gosden for a European campaign starting with her return visit to Royal Ascot next week. The chestnut filly is being aimed at the 5f Group One King Charles III Stakes (former King’s Stand) on Tuesday and will apparently stay in Britain for the summer after leaving US-based George Weaver. Wathnan Racing’s U.S. representative Case Clay was in upbeat mood this week and told the website of Thoroughbred Racing Commentary “We are looking forward to giving Crimson Advocate another shot at England. She’s all speed and she’ll stay there after Royal Ascot as there are more important races for her there over five furlongs through the summer and fall than there are at home.” A winner of three of her five career starts to date she has run twice since her victory at Royal Ascot in 2023 finishing sixth to Big Evs in the G.1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf on her first start for Wathnan Racing where she led into the final furlong before fading out of contention and then winning at Gulfstream Park on her three-year-old seasonal debut last month. Clay issued an update on Crimson Advocate’s progress. “I just got back from Keeneland, where she breezed on the turf. It was her final breeze before she ships on June 11, and she’s in great form. She won really well at Gulfstream last month, and that was exactly what George Weaver wanted from her as a tune-up for Ascot. It was her first race since the Breeders’ Cup, and Gulfstream was probably her last shot at getting a race in before Ascot after two that George had wanted to run her in were rained off. She needed the run, and we are glad it worked out so well.”

Elsewhere Ralph Beckett is putting the finishing touches to the preparation of Kinross with his Royal Ascot target being the 6f Group One Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes on the Saturday. A course and distance winner, the seven-year-old is being prepared for his third crack at the race in which he has finished eighth and seventh in the past. A bit of a seven-furlong specialist he won the G.1 Champion Sprint Stakes over track and tip in 2022 and was second, beaten just a neck, in that race when last seen in October. The race looks one of the most competitive of the week and if we get some rain the back end of next week he'd have to be shortlisted. He won't of course have Frankie Dettori in the saddle this year. 

5th June 2024: 

There was concern about the lack of far eastern runners at Royal Ascot earlier this week with the Royal meeting failing to attract any real superstars from Hong Kong and alike with prize money once again suggested to be the issue. Wathnan Racing it has to be said appear to have no such concerns and have been on what can only be described as a buying spree before the big meeting snapping up six horses in the last few days with five of the six likely to run at Royal Ascot along with a fair few entries that were already in their ownership, Gregory, and Rogue Lighting to name but two.

The Qatari operation purchased Haatem, the Richard Hannon-trained colt on Wednesday morning with either the St James's Palace Stakes or Jersey Stakes reportedly under consideration for that three-year-old colt who was third in the 2,000 Guineas and second in the Irish version last month. They had already confirmed the purchase of two-year-old Shadow Army who will stay in training with Richard Fahey after a debut victory at York last month over five-furlongs looking likely to run in the Norfolk Stakes. They have also added to their ranks Torito, a four-year-old in training with the Gosedns, along with the Archie Watson trained pair, unbeaten three-year-old sprinter Dyrholaey who we should see in the Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes and the four-year-old gelding Shartash who is being aimed at the six-furlong Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes. Not content with that Wathnan have also purchased the Willie Mullins trained Lope De Lilas, that filly is being aimed at the Irish Oaks in July.

There has also been an update on my Commonwealth Cup ante-post bet Vandeek following his third place in the in the 6f G.3 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock last month. Chris Wall, racing manager to owners KHK Racing, said “He’s come out of the race very well, Simon and Ed Crisford have been pleased with his work since and it’s all systems go for the Commonwealth Cup. It was very soft ground at Haydock and though he has encountered that before, he was against race-fit rivals on his first run of the season and his legs just couldn’t act on it. That was the purpose of the run and he’s in good form afterwards, we’re excited to run him at Royal Ascot."

20th May 2024: 
With the news that Vandeek, the highest-rated juvenile in Britain last season, is on course to make his comeback in Haydock's G.2 Sandy Lane Stakes on Saturday I have taken the plunge and placed my first ante-post bet for Royal Ascot. The Havana Grey colt is one of my Dirty Dozen for the season and as mentioned on that page Owner Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa and trainer Simon Crisford have been quite open about the fact the G.1 Commonwealth Cup is his first major target as a three-year-old with the Sandy Lane always planned as his prep. He worked under his rider James Doyle on Saturday morning after which Simon Crisford said “Vandeek worked nicely and went through the gears well. The cake is baked, as they say, so we’ll now just keep him ticking over and hopefully he can begin again at Haydock where he left off last year.” If he wins at Haydock, as he should and likely at a short price, the 11-4 won’t be around long for the Group One 6f Commonwealth Cup and I have taken that this afternoon.

Order Of Running - Royal Ascot 2024

Total prize money £10,050,000

FIRST DAY - TUESDAY 18th JUNE Total prize money £2,565,000

2.30pm The Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) 4+ £750,000 One mile

3.05pm The Coventry Stakes (Group 2) 2 £175,000 Six furlongs

3.40pm The King Charles III Stakes (Group 1) 3+ £650,000 Five furlongs

4.20pm The St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1) 3 colts £650,000 Old Mile

5.00pm The Ascot Stakes (Handicap) (Class 2) (0-100) 4+ £110,000 Two miles, four furlongs

5.35pm The Wolferton Stakes (Listed) 4+ £120,000 One mile, two furlongs

6.10pm The Copper Horse Stakes (Handicap) (Class 2) (0-105) 4+ £110,000 One mile, six furlongs

SECOND DAY - WEDNESDAY 19th JUNE Total prize money £2,035,000

2.30pm The Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) 2 fillies £150,000 Five furlongs

3.05pm The Kensington Palace Stakes (Handicap) (Class 2) (0-105) 4+ fillies & mares £110,000 Old Mile

3.40pm The Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) 4+ fillies & mares £225,000 One mile

4.20pm The Prince of Wales's Stakes (Group 1)* 4+ £1,000,000 One mile, two furlongs

5.00pm The Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) (Open) 3+ £175,000 One mile

5.35pm The Queen’s Vase (Group 2) 3 £265,000 One mile, six furlongs

6.10pm The Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed) 2 £110,000 Five furlongs

*Note: in the event of a Japanese runner in The Prince of Wales’s Stakes, the race will move to third in the card, with The Duke of Cambridge Stakes fourth

THIRD DAY – THURSDAY 20th JUNE Total prize money £1,540,000

2.30pm The Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) 2 £150,000 Five furlongs

3.05pm The King George V Stakes (Handicap) (Class 2) (0-105) 3 £110,000 One mile, four furlongs

3.40pm The Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2) 3 fillies £250,000 One mile, four furlongs

4.20pm The Gold Cup (Group 1) 4+ £650,000 Two miles, four furlongs

5.00pm The Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) (0-105) 3 colts & geldings £120,000 One mile

5.35pm The Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3) 3 £150,000 One mile, two furlongs

6.10pm The Buckingham Palace Stakes (Handicap) (Class 2) (0-105) 3+ £110,000 Seven furlongs

FOURTH DAY – FRIDAY 21st JUNE Total prize money £2,005,000

2.30pm The Albany Stakes (Group 3) 2 fillies £125,000 Six furlongs

3.05pm The Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) 3 colts & fillies £650,000 Six furlongs

3.40pm The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) (Class 2) (0-105) 3+ £110,000 One mile, four furlongs

4.20pm The Coronation Stakes (Group 1) 3 fillies £650,000 Old Mile

5.00pm The Sandringham Stakes (Handicap) (Class 2) (0-105) 3 fillies £110,000 One mile

5.35pm The King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) 3 colts & geldings £250,000 One mile, four furlongs

6.10pm The Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes (Handicap) (Class 2) (0-105) 3 £110,000 Five furlongs

FIFTH DAY – SATURDAY 22nd JUNE Total prize money £1,905,000

2.30pm The Chesham Stakes (Listed) 2 £110,000 Seven furlongs

3.05pm The Jersey Stakes (Group 3) 3 £150,000 Seven furlongs

3.40pm The Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) 4+ £250,000 One mile, four furlongs

4.20pm The Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) 4+ £1,000,000 Six furlongs

5.00pm The Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) (0-110) 3+ £175,000 Six furlongs

5.35pm The Golden Gates Stakes (Handicap) (Class 2) (0-105) 3 £110,000 One mile, two furlongs

6.10pm The Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions) (Class 2) 4+ £110,000 Two miles, six furlongs