Glamour and glory abound at QIPCO King George Day. This is Ascot’s midsummer prestige event and its showpiece race The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes has long been regarded as Europe’s premier midseason middle-distance championship race for horses of both sexes and all ages.
With the racecourse in full bloom, it is the perfect time to enjoy Champagne and cocktail bars, picnic on the luscious lawns and soak up the atmosphere. As the sun sets on a thrilling afternoon’s racing on Saturday, the fun continues with a live DJ set from Dermot O'Leary at Ascot’s iconic Bandstand.
Ribot, Nijinsky, Mill Reef, Brigadier Gerard, Dancing Brave, Montjeu and Enable are just some of the luminous names to have lit up QIPCO King George day in the past, while the 2018 edition of the race saw a wonderful battle between Poet's Word and Crystal Ocean.
Less formal than the Royal Meeting, QIPCO King George Day has long been a showcase of contemporary summer wardrobes with Ladies encouraged to wear hats.
Cocktail bars and champagne tents stretch right across the course, while Ascot’s full selection of renowned dining and three enclosure options mean that racegoers are spoiled for choice. The entire six-race card is one of the highlights of the season at Ascot but the appeal of the main event worth over £1.2m in prize money is inescapable.
This year's race is shaping up to be a classic renewal, with 2017 winner and European superstar Enable, Prince Of Wales's Stakes champion Crystal Ocean, Aidan O'Brien's Anthony Van Dyck and Japanese raider Cheval Grand among those with Ascot in their sights.
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