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.
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.
Less formal than the Royal Meeting, QIPCO King George Day has long been a showcase of contemporary summer fashion, 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 we look forward to seeing reigning champion, Enable, return to defend her title and attempt to break records in winning a third King George title.