Glamour and glory abound at King George Day. This is Ascot’s midsummer prestige event and its showpiece race The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO) 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 glorious English summer bloom, racegoers picnicking, live music (from jazz to contemporary DJs) there is a palpable garden party atmosphere that gently complements the electricity on the track.
Ribot, Nijinsky, Mill Reef, Brigadier Gerard, Dancing Brave and Montjeu are just some of the luminous names to have lit up King George day in the past. We look forward to you joining us for the next chapter.
Less formal than the Royal Meeting, King George Day has long been a showcase of contemporary summer wardrobes (Ladies are 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.
For 2018, each of our lawns will be themed around every decade since the 1950s-2000s, with live music from each era playing on the Bandstand throughout the day, and live music continuing after the racing finishes.
Gates open at 11am.