Wednesday 3rd May 2017
WHERE TO WATCH THE HORSES
If you are new to Ascot, here are some tips on where the horses will be throughout the day and the best places to watch them.
THE PRE-PARADE RING
Watch from around the Pre-Parade Ring as the horses are saddled up and led around by their lad or lass before each race.
This process begins 25 minutes before off time, and is a good opportunity to see the muscle definition and power behind these magnificent animals.
THE PARADE RING
Take a closer look at the horses before you place your bet.
Horses enter the Parade Ring approximately 15 minutes before their race.
Listen out for the bell, which signifies that all the jockeys have been weighed out and are about to mount their horses and ride out to the track.
Stand by the Horsewalk which connects the Pre-Parade Ring, Parade Ring and track, when the horses come out through the tunnel.
Both Queen Anne Enclosure and King Edward VII Enclosure racegoers can stand beside the tunnel exit to the track, which is located to the left of the Core 1 steps at Lawn Level.
Experience the atmosphere as the horses thunder past the post.
Watching a race from the rails gets you as close as possible to the horses as they race past.
The area of lawn you can enjoy the race from will depend on the raceday and the type of ticket you have. View the course plans.
THE UNSADDLING ENCLOSURE
If a horse has not won or placed, it will not return to the Winners’ Enclosure but will stop at the Unsaddling Enclosure.
Here, the jockey will remove their saddle and return to the Weighing Room while the horse will be taken back to the stables. This area is great in the winter, as you see the steam rising off the horses as they return from the track.
THE WINNERS' ENCLOSURE
Enjoy the winners coming back to a rapturous applause and the trophy presentations after the race.
The Winners’ Enclosure is located inside the Parade Ring and this is where the winning and placed horses are reunited with their owners.
Trophies are presented by the sponsor or VIP guests to the winning owner and, for the bigger races, the trainer and jockey.