Ascot – A Guide To Flat Racecourses

Ascot Racecourse

Ascot Racecourse is a right handed grade one track, as it holds group one races at the venue. Their main meeting is Royal Ascot which is held in June every year over a five day period.

It’s a top quality meeting with eighteen group races of which eight of those are group one races, guaranteeing at least one group race a day with a very strong supporting card. Juveniles showing good early season form competing against one another whilst the handicap races are often full of depth and competitively raced.

In the Autumn of 2004 Ascot went under renovation, the total cost was in excess of £200 million pounds, they also relayed the surface which contained different soil elements and a specific percentage ratio combining and not exclusively Rye and Meadowgrass on top, this may in part explain why some horses are able to perform better round here than at other courses as the overall and underlying surface is unique.

In terms of what to look out for, in terms of the ideal horse who has yet to race on this track, I would suggest looking for those that performed well on Polytrack or Tapeta,  both of which are all weather surfaces and as Ascot is considered generally considered sand based underneath the top surface, it is, therefore, no surprise to see those type of horses perform well around here.

Obviously, horses that have already demonstrated good track form can go well again when returning to this course and in many instances, that rule becomes more prevalent if their last win on the track was fairly recent and on similar ground.

Here some useful statistics showing which trainers have proven to be profitable in certain race types.

Roger Charlton; Any three to five-year-old contesting a handicap at the course. 19 winners from 75 bets, 25.33% and a profit of 79.05 euros from one Euro per bet.

Wesley Ward (Strike Rate 19%), James Fanshawe (Strike Rate 18%), and Dermot Weld (Strike Rate 21%) have all shown it can pay to follow their horses when contesting a pattern race,  a combined profit of 100.51 euros made from a one Euro stake per bet. 177 bets – 34 winners.

Here are some useful statistics regarding stallions who’s progeny tend to prove profitable over time at the venue.

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