Royal Ascot, the most prestigious event on the racing calendar is upon us so read our guide to stay up to date with this meeting

Royal Ascot is the pinnacle of the Berkshire race course and returns on June 20 for five days of high quality racing. This is one of the most prestigious events on the racing calendar so not only The Queen is expected to be in attendance to cheer on two 2017 entries ‘Call To Mind’ and ‘Dartmouth’ in respective races, but Royal Ascot attracts the world’s finest racehorses to compete for more than £6.58 million in prize funds.

Thursday’s Gold Cup is Britain’s most prestigious racing event but Coronation Stakes on the Friday and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on the Saturday are other notable races on the Royal Ascot schedule.

With 8 Group One races and a further 10 races over 5 days, the bookies anticipate a seriously high volume of betting activity across the UK and Ireland in particular.

Order of St George, rode by Ryan Moore, bids for victory for a second successive year. He’s the favourite to be first past the post again this time around, however, he’s not the only big name set to be in action at the meeting, with Ribchester, Lady Aurelia, Churchill, Jack Hobbs, Caravaggio, Harry Angel, Winter, Limato, Highland Reel and The Queen's Dartmouth all set to run.

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Royal Ascot Schedule

TUESDAY JUNE 20

2.30: Queen Anne Stakes (Group One)

2016 winner: Tepin 11/2

3.05: Coventry Stakes  (Group Two)

2016 winner:  Caravaggio 13/8 favourite 

3.40: King's Stand Stakes (Group One)

2016 winner: Profitable 4/1

4.20: St James's Palace Stakes (Group One)

2016 winner: Galileo Gold 6/1

5.00: Ascot Stakes (Handicap)

2016 winner: Jennies Jewel 6/1

5.35: Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed)

2016 winner: Ardad 20/1

WEDNESDAY JUNE 21

2.30: Jersey Stakes (Group Three)

2016 winner: Ribchester 7/1

3.05: Queen Mary Stakes (Group Two)

2016 winner: Lady Aurelia 2/1 favourite

3.40: Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group Two)

2016 winner: Usherette 9/4 favourite

4.20: Prince of Wales's Stakes (Group One)

2016 winner: My Dream Boat 16/1

5.00: Royal Hunt Cup (Handicap)

2016 winner: Portage 10/1

5.35: Sandringham Stakes (Handicap)

2016 winner: Persuasive 11/4 favourite 

THURSDAY JUNE 22

2.30: Norfolk Stakes (Group Two)

2016 winner: Prince Of Lir 8/1

3.05: Hampton Court Stakes (Group Three)

2016 winner: Hawkbill 11/2 

3.40: Ribblesdale Stakes (Group Two)

2016 winner: Even Song 15/8 favourite

4.20: The Gold Cup (Group One)

2016 winner: Order Of St George 10/11 favourite

5.00: Britannia Stakes (Handicap)

2016 winner: Defrocked 13/2 

5.35: King George V Stakes (Handicap)

2016 winner: Primitivo 13/2 

FRIDAY JUNE 23

2.30: Albany Stakes (Group Three)

2016 winner: Brave Anna 16/1

3.05: King Edward VII Stakes (Group Two)

2016 winner: Across The Stars 7/1

3.40: Commonwealth Cup (Group One)

2016 winner: Quiet Reflection 7/4 fav

4.20: Coronation Stakes (Group One)

2016 winner: Quemah 6/1

5.00: Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap)

2016 winner: Kinema 8/1

5.35: Queen's Vase (Group Two)

2016 winner: Sword Fighter 33/1

SATURDAY JUNE 24

2.30: Chesham Stakes (Listed)

2016 winner: Churchill 8/11 favourite

3.05: Wolferton Stakes (Listed)

2016 winner: Sir Isaac Newton 7/1 

3.40: Hardwicke Stakes (Group Two)

2016 winner: Dartmouth 10/1 

4.20: Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group One)

2016 winner: Twilight Son 7/2 

5.00: Wokingham Stakes (Handicap)

2016 winner: Outback Traveller 10/1

5.35: Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions)

2016 winner: Commissioned 12/1

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