KING GEORGE DAY AT ASCOT: SATURDAY 24TH JULY 2010
Conduit wins the 2009 King GeorgeVI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair)
Spectacular Racing Action
The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Betfair, who are celebrating their 10th anniversary with us today) commemorates Her Majesty The Queen's late parents and is the European mid season middle distance championship. With £1,000,000 on offer, the "King George" is Ascot's most valuable and most important race. See English Dery Winner Workhorse take on Irish Derby Winner Cape Blanco. The supporting card is second to none with the £75,000 International Handicap the big betting race of the day and the Group Three Princess Margaret Abu Dhabi Stakes a traditional pointer towards the following season’s Stan James 1,000 Guineas.
Take time to relax and unwind this summer at the highlight of the British summer season. This race meeting is a dazzling day out of style, fashion, sophistication and excitement. Outside of Royal Ascot this is a date for your diary and a definite occasion to purchase a new hat! The fashion stakes at this event are as high as at Royal Ascot in a more relaxed and intimate atmosphere.
Dress Code: Cocktail dresses and black tie not compulsory, many ladies wear hats to this event and gentlemen usually wear a shirt and tie. The fashion stakes at this event are as high as at Royal Ascot but in a more relaxed and intimate atmosphere.
Experience the Real Abu Dhabi
The Abu Dhabi Culture & Hospitality Tent will be located on the Cedar Tree Lawn today. This will feature literature about Abu Dhabi and traditional Abu Dhabi arts such as basket weaving, Henna tattoos and calligraphy as well as the chance to taste Arabic coffee and have your photo taken with a hawk.
Eithad Airways Formula 1 Car
An Eithad Airways Formula 1 car will be located outside Core 3 today. Visit the car for your chance to be entered in to a prize draw to win a weekend in Abu Dhabi.
Retraining of Racehorses
The Retraining of Racehorses (ROR) is British horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses that have retired from racing. There will be a parade of ex-race horses in the Parade Ring today demonstrating the varied options horses have after their career on the track. See page xxx for more details.
Arabian Purebred Classic Series
The penultimate race at Ascot today is the 2nd running of the President of the United Arab Emirates Cup Series. The race is part of the original Arabian Purebred Classic Series with the other renewals run in France and Russia and is equivalent to a Group 1 race for Arabian horses.
Arabian horses lived among the desert tribes of the Arabian Peninsula for thousands of years, bred by the Bedouins as war companions. Because of their breeding in the rough terrains of the desert, Pure-bred Arabians display great tenacity, surprising strength and incredible endurance all qualities that will make a spectacular race today.
The Ascot Summer Cocktail Party
Why not visit the Plaza Lawn area of the racecourse today to soak up the 1920’s atmosphere of the cocktail party. Enjoy and array of cocktails including the Betfair xxxxxxxxx and the official Royal Ascot cocktail, returning today by popular demand; Royal Blush.
Cocktail party goers will be serenaded by jazz on the Bandstand and our baby grand piano on the Grandstand Lawns.
After Racing Party
Step up the tempo after racing as the party begins! Join us for live music and dancing around the Bandstand as you sing along to all the old party favourites for an hour after racing.
Around the Parade Ring, Jaguar will be displaying their luxury XK, XF and the all new XJ, models. Experts will be on hand to answer any queries.
Why not visit the sophisticated and quirky topiary darlings, our elegant living topiary will proudly preen in their pots throughout the day.
Artists in Residence
Artists Liz Armstrong are and Conversation Pieces will be at Ascot today.
11am - Cocktail lounges open, Abu Dhabi marquee opens, Eithad Airways prize draw opens
12pm - Racecourse Tour
12.30pm - Retraining of Race Horses Parade
1.25pm - First Race
4.25pm - King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair)
5pm - Arabian Purebred Classic Series
5.10pm - Last race
5.15pm - After racing party.
How to book tickets
Tickets start from £25. To book, call 0870 727 1234 or visit www.ascot.co.uk