- When: 14th through 18th June, 2016
- Where: Ascot Racecourse in Ascot
- Watch it on TV: Live on Channel 4
In the US:
- When: June 14-18, 2016
- Where: Ascot Racecourse in the UK
- Watch it Online: Live at BetAmerica.com
The biggest and best horse racing event on the English racing calendar is coming soon to the Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire. The five-day racing festival is a fixture for high society, fashion, racing fans and casual observers alike. Of course, the main attraction this year will be the best horses in the world running for a piece of the record setting £6.85 million in prize money.
Earlier this year, racing officials announced that they were boosting the prize pools in many events. The Prince of Wales’s Stakes and Queen Anne Stakes, for example, each got a bump of £225,000 this year. That raises the prize fund of each to £750,000 and £600,000 respectively. The Guardian also noted other improvements that include a £700,000 investment in the unsaddling enclosure for the “temporarily unsuccessful” racing teams.
Royal Ascot Betting Sites
While other major racing events around the world tend to focus on just one main race, the Royal Ascot is a literal festival of major races with major prizes up for grabs. This presents many opportunities for punters to bet on Royal Asoct races ranging from the minor events to multiple major races. Online betting sites are already preparing for action and have posted the antepost odds for every race ahead of time.
So, in order to prepare our good readers for the 2016 Royal Ascot, I have collected all the pertinent information you need to bet on every race online. Read on for a full look at the race schedule, betting odds for every Ascot race and recommended betting sites that are known to be safe places to play and get paid.
Horse racing betting sites publish the antepost odds well in advance of every race. In fact, most bookmakers have published a variety of odds for all the major race on the lineup. All you have to do is visit the betting site of your choice, head to the “horse racing” section and you can begin booking bets today.
I should also note that the following table only shows the odds on the five favorites of each race. Between the 30 races and dozens of horses entered in some, there’s just too much information to sort through in a way that makes sense. Click the “see more odds” link at the bottom of each column to visit that bookmaker and see prices on the rest of the field.
And finally, not every single race is being covered by every bookmaker, and none of them have published odds for every race.
Note to US Readers: You can bet on the Royal Ascot legally in the United States at licensed betting sites such as BetAmerica and TwinSpires. US bookmakers do not publish racing odds far in advance like UK bookmakers do, so the odds below don’t really apply to you guys as much. But, you can still at least refer to the odds below as a starting point for what is likely to happen when the US betting sites do get around to posting odds on the Royal Ascot.
This post is mostly geared towards our UK readers since the Royal Ascot isn’t even broadcast in the US currently. That will be changing soon, however. Multiple news outlets recently reported that NBC has secured exclusive rights to broadcast the Royal Ascot in the United States starting in 2017. In the meantime, you can still bet on and watch the races at both BetAmerica and TwinSpires.
Wes Burns has more than a decade’s worth of experience as a writer, researcher, and analyst in the legal online betting industry and is co-founder of OnlineBettingSites.com. Wes approaches his work from the viewpoint of players.