Royal Ascot is back to its glorious best this year, as crowds return in big numbers to the top fixture.
Flat racing’s jewel in the summer crown had a much reduced capacity in 2021, a year on from the empty grandstands of 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the same month as the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, it promises to be an extra special event. The top class sporting action gets underway with one of the stars of the week, Baaeed, as he opens the show in the Queen Anne Stakes.
And as he has impressively maintained an unbeaten record in seven races, the bookies make him a very short price to keep it up. It is one of eight Group 1 contests over the five days, with two more on Tuesday – the King’s Stand and the St James’s Palace Stakes.
International runners add further spice to the occasion, with Australia’s big hope Nature Strip out to capture the big sprint on day one and Japanese class act Shahryar going for gold on the Wednesday.
Overall there are 35 races to enjoy, right through until Saturday.
Below is all the information about how to watch this year’s meeting.
What time does Royal Ascot start?
Royal Ascot TV channel and live stream
Racing will be shown free-to-air on ITV1 on all five days of the festival, Tuesday June 14 until Saturday June 18, with the later races on ITV4.
ITV’s preview programme, The Opening Show, will be also shown daily between 9-10am Tuesday to Saturday.
Both ITV and Sky Sports Racing will be showing every race live this year.
ITV Racing presenter Ed Chamberlain said: “In the Platinum Jubilee year, Royal Ascot 2022 is going to be something special. ITV Racing will show every single race and we are set for some sizzling action on the track with our own superstars trying to fend off the strong international challenge. With the return of crowds in their thousands, the royal procession, and the daily bandstand singalong, we are in for a week to remember.”
Racing fans can also stream the action through the ITV Hub or, if they’re Sky Sports Racing subscribers, through the Sky Go app.
Royal Ascot schedule
Tuesday 14 June
2.30pm The Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1)
3.05pm The Coventry Stakes (Group 2)
3.40pm The King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1)
4.20pm The St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1)
5.00pm The Ascot Stakes
5.35pm The Wolferton Stakes (Listed)
6.10pm The Copper Horse Stakes
Wednesday 15 June
2.30pm The Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2)
3.05pm The Queen’s Vase (Group 2)
3.40pm The Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1)
4.20pm The Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2)
5.00pm The Royal Hunt Cup
5.35pm The Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed)
6.10pm The Kensington Palace Stakes
Thursday 16 June
2.30pm The Norfolk Stakes (Group 2)
3.05pm The King George V Stakes
3.40pm The Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2)
4.15pm The Gold Cup (Group 1)
5.00pm The Britannia Stakes
5.35pm The Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3)
6.10pm The Buckingham Palace Stakes
Friday 17 June
2.30pm The Albany Stakes (Group 3)
3.05pm The Commonwealth Cup (Group 1)
3.40pm The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes
4.20pm The Coronation Stakes (Group 1)
5.00pm The Sandringham Stakes
5.35pm The King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2)
6.10pm The Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes
Saturday 18 June
2.30pm The Chesham Stakes (Listed)
3.05pm The Jersey Stakes (Group 3)
3.40pm The Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2)
4.20pm The Platinum Jubilee Stakes (Group 1)
5.00pm The Wokingham Stakes
5.35pm The Golden Gate Stakes
6.10pm The Queen Alexandra Stakes
Are tickets for Royal Ascot still available?
Some tickets are still available to buy on the Royal Ascot website.
It is £37 for entry into the Windsor Enclosure, while hospitality places start at around £700 per person.