Jumps racing makes a welcome return to Ascot this Saturday 4th November with the popular Fireworks Spectacular Family Raceday. The 2016/2017 jumps season was rounded up in style earlier this year with wins from equine legend LOOSE CHIPS in the Veterans Handicap Steeple Chase and the promising chaser SAN BENEDETO in the Novices’ Handicap Chase.
Looking ahead to the 2017/2018 season, Ascot will once again host eight quality Jumps fixtures between November and April, featuring three Grade One races, seven Grade Two races and two Grade Three races. Renowned Grade Ones; the JLT Reve De Sivola Long Walk Hurdle (Saturday 23rd December), the Clarence House Steeple Chase (Saturday 20th January) and the Betfair Ascot Chase (Saturday 17th February) are known to attract some of the best horses, trainers and jockeys from across the country including ten-time Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls and Champion Jockey Richard Johnson.
Starting with a spectacular firework display after racing on 4th November, the racecourse will come to life both on and off the track. Highlights for the season beyond racing will include fairground rides, a Country Living Christmas Shopping Fair, storytelling with Mrs Christmas, pony rides, carol singing, racecourse tours, face painting, live music and more. Children under 18 enter free all-year-round and can look forward to an exciting range of activities at our two family days on 4th November and 23rd December.
Dressing for the occasion is always an important part of Ascot’s raceday experience. However, the transition to Jumps racing, synonymous with the drop-in temperature and change in weather brings an exciting new element of racing fashion. Whilst no formal dress code applies during the Jumps season at Ascot, ladies are encouraged to dress for a smart occasion and gentlemen usually wear a jacket with a collared shirt and tie.The Ascot Style Guide is designed to inspire racegoers on what to wear and is available to view here
After a successful summer, the on-site Ascot Shop (located in the Grandstand) will continue to offer an extensive collection of luxury products throughout the Jumps season. Collections include fashion accessories, homeware, food items and gifts and racegoers are invited to browse and purchase during their visit.
Lastly, with the arrival of Jumps racing at Ascot comes new seasonal menus across many food and drink outlets. Following survey results, the nation's favourite classic hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows will be served at the Lavazza coffee bar from Saturday. As well as changes to hot drinks, racegoers can enjoy a brand new Winter Cocktail Menu in the Bit & Bridle Bar, alongside the festive addition of mulled wine to the Wine Blush Bar. A new two-course lunch in the Horsewalk Restaurant features roast beef with all the trimmings and Mrs B's Pies will be available to keep visitors warm during the Autumn and Winter months.
Raceday tickets available from £18 in the Queen Anne Enclosure* and £22 in the King Edward Enclosure. Fine Dining from £106 pp (plus VAT).
*With the exception of Friday 24th November where racegoers will enjoy free entry in the Queen Anne Enclosure and entry from £13 in advance in the King Edward VII Enclosure.
JUMP TO THE FACTS
Ascot first jumps racing fixture took place on Friday 30th April, 1965.
Ascot hosts eight days of jumps racing per season.
Ascot’s biggest jumps race is the Grade 1 Betfair Ascot Chase – with a prize fund of £150,000.
Over the past five seasons, the most successful jumps jockey at Ascot has been Barry Geraghty, riding 22 winners from 86 rides.
The Jumps track at Ascot is a just over 1 mile 6 furlongs in length. The course is triangular in shape and the horses run right handed.
The highest calibre of jumps races are known as Graded races. Graded races are ranked from Grade 1 to Grade 3, with Grade 1 being the highest level. Ascot hosts three Grade 1 jumps races a year, along with seven Grade 2 and two Grade 3 races.