Record Royal Ascot Bonanza
Bookmakers William Hill expect record turnover of more than £30million over the next five days, with Royal Ascot set to take centre stage.
If you piled up the equivalent amount of money in £10 notes, the stack would reach 330metres high - that's 24metres taller than The Shard.
“Royal Ascot is the biggest Flat race meeting of the year. It brings together high-fashion with the high-rollers and fortunes will be spent over the next five days,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.
William Hill are predicting they will take 3million bets alone, with more than 15million wagers and £150million spent across the industry.
“This year’s Royal Ascot looks set to be bigger and better than ever and it could be a bookies’ bonanza!”
Five Things To Look Out For At Royal Ascot
- The Queen Anne Stakes – the opening race of the meeting. Solow has won nine of his last ten starts including Group 1 victories this year in the Dubai Turf and Prix d’Ispahan, while his biggest challenger could be Able Friend who has notched up four Group 1 wins in Hong Kong (A £10 winning bet on Solow at odds of 6/4 would return £25)
- The reigning American Horse of The Year, California Chrome is set to race in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes – and he’s a big price to win. The Art Sherman-trained colt won two legs of the US Triple Crown last year and was second in the Dubai World Cup this spring (A £10 bet on California Chrome at odds of 8/1 would return £90)
- Gleneagles – odds-on favourite for the St James’s Palace Stakes and trained by Aidan O’Brien, the dual English and Irish 2000 Guineas winner has a tough challenge, with French Guineas winner Make Believe and the highly progressive Consort set to give him a real challenge (A £10 bet on Gleneagles at odds of 4/7 would return just under £16)
- Sole Power – the Eddie Lynam-trained gelding bids for a hat-trick of wins in the King’s Stand Stakes (A £10 bet on Sole Power at odds of 7/2 would return £45)
- The Ascot Gold Cup – the jewel in the crown of the Royal meeting, Forgotten Rules could be a popular favourite. He has raced four times and won them all, including a victory on Champions Day at Ascot in 2014 (A £10 bet on Forgotten Rules at 5/2 would return £35)
Further Information About Royal Ascot:
Ascot Racecourse was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne, with the first Royal Meeting held in 1768. This year, 300,000 racegoers will attend the five day meeting, with viewers in over 200 countries and over 100,000 tweets about the event. It is the richest race meeting of the year, with £5.5million in prize money. 51,000 bottles of champagne are popped at the racecourse alone, with 160,000 glasses of Pimm’s and 131,000 pints of beer being consumed, as the lucky people in attendance enjoy the best in thoroughbred racing.