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The racecourse stages races in both codes, flat and jumps although it is best known for the 5 day 'Royal Ascot' festival in June and attended by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
The most prestigious flat race is the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored By Betfair) British Champions' Series (Group 1) held in July and this year's renewal on 23rd Jul 2011 was won by Nathaniel and trained by John Gosden with a prize purse of £611,124.
The most prestigious Chase held here is the Betfair Chase Grade 1 which takes place every year in February and the 2011 renewal is won by Riverside Theatre trained by Nicky Henderson with prize money of £84,660.
The £1.3m Group 1 Qipco Queen Elizabeth II Stakes staged on October 15 2011 will be the richest race ever run in Britain. It features a mouthwatering clash between top milers Frankel and Canford Cliffs and possibly Goldikova.Frankel remains an unbeaten colt after demolishing the opposition includingCanford Cliffs by five lengths in the Group 1 Qipco Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in July 2011.
It is one of the leading racecourses in the UK and being situated just 6 miles from Windsor Castle it has strong associations with the British Royal Family. Twenty six meetings are held at the course each year of which 18 are flat meetings the most well known and popular of all being the Royal Meeting in June, the highlight of which is the Ascot Gold Cup.
The racetrack has been in existence since 1711, originally founded by Queen Anne and up until 1945 only staged the annual Royal Meeting. After this date further meetings were arranged and in 1963 a jumps course was added.
The Royal meeting is one of the highlights of the British social calendar and admittance to the Royal Enclosure during the festival week is restricted to specially accepted badgeholders. A strict dress codes is enforced for both men and women, although racegoers who use either of the other 2 enclosures are permitted to dress less formally.
In 2004 a £185 million redevelopment resulted in a new grandstand much criticised for its limited viewing and was later altered to redress this.
The most successful flat jockeys to ride here are:
Ryan Moore 34–312 11% -152.92
Richard Hughes 30–264 11% -34.13
Richard Hills 28–187 15% +18.32
Jamie Spencer 27–187 14% +15.63
J Murtagh 25–131 19% +71.52
The most successful trainers are:
Sir Michael Stoute 25–162 15% -53.49
Richard Hannon 24–322 7% -128.78
Mark Johnston 24–268 9% -75.12
A P O´Brien 24–134 18% -39.82
William Haggas 18–115 16% +58.30
The most successful National Hunt jockeys to ride here are:
Barry Geraghty 22–54 41% +16.11
Richard Johnson 10–88 11% -15.83
A P McCoy 10–60 17% -25.19
Noel Fehily 10–49 20% +12.04
R Walsh 10–44 23% -15.53
The most successful National Hunt trainers are:
Nicky Henderson 35–116 30% +4.89
Paul Nicholls 17–90 19% -36.79
Philip Hobbs 13–99 13% -8.33
David Pipe 13–64 20% +50.93
Alan King 11–90 12% +6.58