An action packed five days of high level racing that should be enjoyed responsibly.Here is our guide to Responsible betting at Royal Ascot
Royal Ascot is without doubt one of the biggest racing festivals in the world, with over 300,000 people in attendance last year, It is normally an opportunity to dress up and enjoy some of the best racehorses strutting their stuff over the five days of racing. Add to that the presence of the Royal Family it really is a spectacle like no other. Although this year will be vastly different with the festival being held behind closed doors, one thing remains. The best racehorses in the world doing battle for five straight days and that is something all racing fans should be looking forward to.
For most race goers, it would also have been an opportunity to put a few pounds on the horses you fancy and cheer them home. With racing now taking placed behind closed doors and betting shops only recently opening, more people have made use of online betting. There are a few things to consider for anyone who does decide they want to use an online bookmaker this week to ensure they are b
With the lack of a live audience bookmakers will certainly be looking to attract people onto their online services with a variety of sign up offers available to new customers. For anyone looking to open a new account, it is crucial to read the terms of any bonuses you are signing up to as many will come with wagering requirements.
Wagering is simply the amount of money you would need to bet to turn the free money into withdrawal cash. It is common to see offers such as ‘Deposit £50 and receive £50 bonus’. Whilst this can look appealing, it may require you to wager your deposit anywhere from 2 to 30 times. If the wagering requirement was x10, you would have to bet 10 x the amount you deposit to turn the bonus money into real cash, a total of £500. As explained above, every offer will vary but do take the time to read what you are signing up for before depositing.
Royal Ascot is a five-day event with 36 races taking place in total. It is key to make sure you set yourself a budget for the week to ensure you can enjoy the racing without betting more than you can afford to do. If you wanted to bet £5 per race you would need a budget of £180 to do this. There are some tools bookmakers offer which can help you stay in control of the budget you have set yourself. Some will offer a “Max Bet Limit” which restricts you to a certain amount for each bet you place. If you have set yourself a budget, make sure you make use of the deposit limit feature which will allow you to determine the total amount you wish to deposit over the period of a day, week or month.
Tuesday 16th June
By far the best part of Royal Ascot is the opportunity to watch some of the best racehorses in the world do battle. The festival gets underway on Tuesday and one of the biggest races of the week will certainly be the King’s Stand Stakes at 3.35pm. It is a Group 1 race for the three-year-olds and above over 5 furlongs. This is a chance to see the sprinters in racing do battle over the straight 5-furlong course at Ascot. With the likes of Battaash, Glass Slippers and Equilateral taking each other on it promises to be a fascinating race.
Wednesday 17th June
Wednesday’s showpiece comes in the form of the 1:00pm Prince of Wales’s Stakes over 1 mile and 2 furlongs. Unlike the sprint on Tuesday, this race is more about stamina and can turn into a real battle towards the end with top class horses such as Addeybb, Barney Roy and Japan set to do battle.
Thursday 18th June
As we roll onto Thursday all eyes will be on the Ascot Gold Cup at 3:35pm and the hugely popular Stradivarius as he bids to win a third consecutive Gold Cup, a feat which has only ever been achieved twice before. Stradivarius had a recent run at Newmarket and will be primed for a bid at history.
Friday 19th June
By the time Friday arrives, it is the chance for the up and coming horses to prove themselves on the biggest stage. Thursday’s 3:00pm Commonwealth Cup, is a 20 runner Group 1 race for three-year olds running over 6 furlongs. It is some spectacle to see 20 horses dashing down the straight at Ascot and this race is one of the best races of the week to watch. As you can imagine it is very hard to pick a winner from this race but is certainly a race you do not want to miss.
Saturday 20th June
The closing day of the festival is headlined by the St James Palace Stakes at 3:00pm. The 1-mile contest will be a fascinating race with the 2000 Guineas 2nd and 3rd Wichita and Pinatubo set to do battle again. Pinatubo had long been touted as a potential superstar and left some fans disappointed when finishing 3rd at Newmarket. Many of his loyal supporters will not lose faith too quickly and I am sure he will be well supported to get back to winning ways on Saturday.
The great thing about racing is everyone will have an opinion on who they think is going to win and who they think will disappoint. With so many races on offer this week, make sure you do your homework and come to your own conclusions. If you do decide to follow the betting advice of someone else, make sure you check out their own record when it comes to betting. There are some people who keep accurate records of how their tips perform and you should look into this before taking on the advice and remember just because someone has a large following on social media does not mean this translates to solid betting advice.
By Sunday we will have seen 5 days of great racing and for those who did decide to have some bets it is a great time to reflect on the week that was. It is good to reflect on how you have done against a budget you set yourself for the week. If you find yourself with winnings in your account, remember that original budget and look to withdraw funds as this will ensure you maintain your activity at a level you have identified is ok. With the racing being so competitive, some of you will find yourself down for the week and this makes reflection even more important. Look at how you have done against your set budget. Have you spent more than you originally intended? If so, look at tweaking some of the responsible gambling tools on your account to ensure you bring your gambling in line with the budgets you have set yourself. Responsible betting at Royal Ascot is made significantly easier when you use the help available to you.
Good luck and enjoy responsible betting at Royal Ascot!