Royal Ascot  One a year racing becomes Royal as we get 5 days of the best flat equine action on the planet with Royal Ascot. Each year Royal Ascot attracts the best equine superstars to the race track for a five-day racing specular. The royal precession is where you will see The Queen and her guests arrive on a horse-drawn carriage down the centre of the race track so that all racegoers from near and far get the chance to greet and wave to The Queen herself.

Away from the top-hats and tails, Royal Ascot brings you everything that you expect from a meeting of this grandeur.

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Royal Ascot Racing Highlights

Day 1

The St James’s Palace Stakes is what most people consider to be the highlight of the opening day of Royal Ascot and in turn, is a big betting event. The race itself is a Group One event and is open to three years old’s and is run over a distance of 1 Mile.

Day 2

The Prince of Wales Stakes is the highlight on day two of the Royal Ascot 2019. It is a Group One race that is run over 1m 2f and is open to thoroughbreds aged four years and over. Over the years we have seen some of the best horses in the world win this prestigious Group 1 like Highland Reel, The Fugue, So You Think, Free Eagle and the 2018 winner Poet’s Word. This year looks to be another top class renewal.

Day 3

The highlight of day 3 and for some the week, the Ascot Gold Cup is the ultimate test for any staying horse on the flat. You might have a top class horse over 1 mile 6 furlongs but can he handle the step up to 2 miles 4 furlongs. You need a horse with talent, class, staying power, but most import they need to have bottle and the will to win. Your horse wins the Gold Cup, you will forever be known as…The Gold Cup winner.

Day 4

The Group 1 Coronation Stakes is the chance for the top 3-year-old Fillies to come head to head over one mile.

The Coronation Stakes betting is usually a competitive heat due to the size and quality of the field and is often a platform for those who ran in the 1,000 or Irish 1,000 Guineas a chance to progress and lay claim to being named champion three-year-old filly of the season.

Day 5

Run over 6 furlongs, the Diamond Jubilee stakes bring some of the best established 6-furlong specialists from 3 years old and up. Each year you can expect to see some of you old favourites go head to head and some of the new kids on the block trying to make a name for themselves. Some of the winners are household names like Starsbangledbanner, The Tin Man, Australian wonder mare Black Caviar and old favourite Kingsgate Native.


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Worcester Racecourse  Worcester racecourse is a horse racing track located in Worcester, Worcestershire, England. It is strategically
situated near the banks of River Severn, and about 5 minutes’ walk from Worcester town center. It can be easily accessed via the local railway link. The racecourse hosts a total of 20 National Hunt races each year, with the
season running from May all through to October. It is owned by Worcester City council, but was leased to the Arena Leisure Plc. The oval-shaped course measures up to approximately 2,615 meters in circumference. This year is a special one for Worcester, since it will be celebrating its 300th anniversary, making it one of the oldest racecourses in Britain.

In the 19th century, the racecourse used to be a venue for training the Royalist soldiers. Boxing matches also used to happen there. The first horse racing meeting was recorded in 1718. Its meetings became more popular after a railway line was built not far from the course. Its layout changed a couple of times over the years. In 1966, the popular flat racing was discontinued, and National Hunt Races were introduced later that year. It was a home for two popular sports clubs- the Worcester Warriors Rugby Club and the Worcester City Football Club. In 2007, the racecourse’s activities were disrupted by floods, forcing the management to cancel all races after the 30th of June.

Today, Worcester racecourse is a preferred destination to most racegoers. This year, it is set to stage a significant number of fixtures. Upcoming is the Season Opener 2018, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday the 10th of May. This event is meant to celebrate the beginning of 2018 season, and will be featuring a total of 7 jump races. Tickets will be starting from 7 Euros, depending on the package one chooses. Children will be admitted for free as long as they are in the company of a paying adult.


Fflos Las Racecourse  Fflos Las racecourse is located in West Wales, United Kingdom. The British racetrack is owned by Fflos Las Ltd, and is operated by Arena Racing. It was opened on the 18th of June, 2009. Its current location used to be a site for coal mining which ceased later when the coal was depleted. It is one of the few racecourses in England that hosts both
National Hunt and flat races. The racing tracks are left-handed and flat in nature covering a distance of approximately one and a half mile.

Its first race meeting that took place on the 18th of June 2009 attracted a total of 10,000 people. A series of eight race meetings had been scheduled for that year. The first flat race meeting took place on the 21st of June 2009. It was held as a dedication to a young boy who had died under a tragic circumstance. This race was won by a horse named Dream Queen, having been ridden by Michael Hills.

Each year, Fflos Las hosts a series of race meetings, with the most notable being the Welsh Champion Hurdle. The race is a National Hunt and is only limited to the handicaps. It is run over a distance of 2 miles, and is open only to horses aged four years and above. The race is scheduled to take place on October of every year. It was inaugurated in 1969, and was run first in Chepstow racecourse. This year, its calendar is packed with a series of events. Tote pool Ladies Night will be the peak, taking place in May. It is one of the most anticipated events offering prizes
for the best dressed. The racecourse offers a variety of hospitality services making the racegoers as comfortable as possible. Apart from being a racing venue, Fflos Las racecourse can also be used as a venue for weddings,
exhibitions and conferences.

Gene Doping Under Fire from BHA  Although gene doping is not a common phenomenon yet, the British Horseracing Authority is determined to keep ahead of the game and make sure it cannot become a threat. It is based on gene manipulation science and is potentially a way to cheat the system. Until now horses are bred purely on lineage, the quality of the parents, who are explicitly selected to produce a new horse with the traits of both, in an attempt to create the best, which is the acceptable approach. Manipulating genes is something the BHA is determined to block and ensure never comes into the sport as reports.

Being overly cautious the authority is acting now before the threat becomes real. The BHA Director of Equine Health and Welfare David Sykes explained the dangers at a press conference last week.This is a new technology that is unravelling all the time. None of us here think that there has probably been a previous incidence of it, but that doesnt mean that we shouldnt be looking forward into the next five or 10 years and at least being able to identify if it is going to occur. For example, you could send in material which would alter the EPO [erythropoietin] receptor site, to allow an animal to produce increased levels of EPO naturally [and increase the bloods oxygen-carrying capacity]. That could be expanded to anything else. For example, you could target muscle mass and increasing it, or at some point talk about circulatory systems, increasing blood supply or even cardiac muscle size by genetically altering the DNA sequence.

It is potentially scary to think that something we talked about as a crumb of an idea just a decade ago is now a real and probable threat so you can see why they are keen to make sure it cannot become an actual event. Although the BHA is eager to reassure people that they do not consider it a concern at this time, the technologies are developing so fast that they, along with other countries are taking action now.

This means that they have added one million pounds to the international campaign pot, to help ensure that there is no gene doping allowed into the sport as it would destroy everything that has been worked for. The commitment is unwavering and something welcomed by most people in the industry with BHA Chief Regulatory Officer Brant Dunshea also adding to the official line from the company and indeed the industry on a global scale.Late last year we were in discussion with our laboratories, who said that we need to be part of an international collaboration on gene doping to ensure that we are not globally duplicating work. Across six or seven countries, we are all working together to do various pieces of the jigsaw puzzle on gene doping. Theres no specific evidence that were aware of in relation to there being genetic manipulation thats happening, but we havent done the research yet to be able to develop the techniques to be able to monitor it, so thats what this research is all about.