Royal Ascot Set to Welcome 300,000 Visitors as Top Runners Assemble

Royal Ascot is underway which means horseracing fans around the world will be tuning in to watch one of the sport’s top festivals.

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Royal Ascot will be the focus of the racing world between now and June 22. (Image: The Telegraph)

With Queen Elizabeth II set to make her annual appearance at the Berkshire racecourse, attendance figures will swell over the coming week.

Indeed, with at least Group One event each day, including the Gold Cup, more than 300,000 punters will attend Royal Ascot between June 18 and 22.

Royal Ascot Another Racing Bonanza

Heading into Europe’s best-attended racing event, a number of runners are attracting the interest of bettors.

In the Queen Mary Stakes, Good Vibes is a hotly tipped prospect. Trained by David Evans, this filly has wins in big fields and should run well under pressure.

Not to be confused with a Cheltenham race of the same name, Royal Ascot is all about the Gold Cup for many punters.

This year, Stradivarius is getting all the pre-race attention. A previous winner and trained by John Gosden, this horse is the betting favourite with every UK bookmaker.

Outside of the even money favourite, Cross Counter and Dee Ex Bee are strong contenders at 4/1 and 6/1, respectively.

Aside from betting, Royal Ascot will capture the media’s attention due to its regal links.

Although nothing is confirmed ahead of time, Queen Elizabeth is a regular and will likely watch from the Royal box as the top runners do their thing.

Time to Shine for All Involved

As well as Royal visits, Ladies Day will provide another talking point. Taking place on June 20, the female-focused day will see women from across Europe don their best hats and try to win the best dressed racegoer.

For UK betting operators, Royal Ascot will be a time to shine. As odds and offers go live, competing platforms will be looking to capture a slice of the action.

One company that will be among the top sites is Bet365. Despite being one of the country’s largest operators, it will want to eradicate memories of a recent racing dispute.

Dating back to 2016, the case involves Megan McCann and a four-race wager worth £25,000. After winning the bet and just shy of £1 million, McCann was forced to take legal action.

Bet365 claimed the bets were made using someone else’s money and refused to pay out the winners.

While the result of the case is irrelevant at this point, the fact Bet365 fought the case made for some negative headlines. With customers ready to stake millions during Royal Ascot, it can’t afford to generate a similar level of bad press over the coming days.

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