Ascot Grandstand.

Royal Ascot in numbers

Mats Genberg
John Franklin

30 – minutes: the time between each race.
30 – minutes: the time between each race.
Royal Ascot is legendary in the horseracing world. Never is the United Kingdom so British. Nowhere else are so many top hats and Rolls-Royce cars to be seen. Nowhere else are so many lobsters and glasses of champagne served.

Amidst this dandy environment and all the elegant spectators, this is a festival with capital F.

Hundreds of thousands of people take the 45-minute ride from London to enjoy the world’s greatest garden party—and some of the world’s best horses ever. Royal Ascot is one of the world’s top race meets, but it would not be what it is, if it weren’t for the figures.

Here are Gallop Magazine’s own facts and numbers for Royal Ascot, along with photographs by Jon Franklin.

210 –  Million Pounds £: the cost for the new grandstand at Ascot in 2006.

12 – the number of employees who care for the grass on the track.

73 – feet: the ascent the horses must complete on the final stretch.

400 – helicopters descend for Royal Ascot each year.

4 – inches: the maximum height of the grass on the track.

16 – the number of Group races during five-day meet.
16 – the number of Group races during five-day meet.

18 – the number of Group races during five-day meet.


300,000 – the number of spectators at Royal Ascot on an average year.

Private lounge.
Private lounge.


247 –  the number of private lounges at Royal Ascot.

39 – the number of kitchens that cook for the spectators.

High hats.
High hats.

4 – the number of Royal Ascots you must have attended from the Royal Enclosure before you can mentor a new visitor.

Glass of Champagne.
Glass of Champagne.

51,000 –  the number of bottles of champagne served during Royal Ascot.

Winners circle.
Winners circle.

750,000 – Pounds: the purse in the Prince of Wales Stakes.




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The Peoples Race

Japan’s season-ending race, the G1 Arima Kinen, is set to be run on December 24 at Nakayama racecourse near Tokyo. The all-aged race is a celebration of  Japan’s favourite racehorses, as the majority of the field is decided by a public vote, similar to Major League Baseball’s All-Star game. Last year, 1.5 million votes were cast. The public interest in the race makes it the most popular betting race not only in Japan, but in the world.

The turnover for the 2016 Arima Kinen was an astonishing ¥44,902,572,000.


Beyond the racetrack

Beyond the racetrack

Retraining of thoroughbred racehorses has become a topic of increasing importance in the racing industry all over the world. Many retired racehorses have very successful second careers, competing at the highest level in equestrian disciplines such as eventing and polo, or find homes in pony club, polo, and as pleasure horses. Others go on to become broodmares or stallions.

Beyond the racetrack
Beyond the racetrack

Racing NSW in Australia recently set an example for other racing jurisdictions when deciding that A$2 million per year will be set aside to ensure that all thoroughbred horses domiciled in New South Wales are appropriately cared for outside of their racing careers. They have also purchased a 2,600 acre property to be used for the rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming of horses after their racing careers.

Photo: Alex Cairns


 Gazwan and Maxime Guyon (blue cap) galloped to victory in the G1 Qatar Arabian World Cup at Chantilly in France on October 1. The six-year-old Purebred Arabian had to battle hard in the closing stages to fight off his contenders, including his almost identical stablemate Ebraz. Both Gazwan and Ebraz are owned by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani and trained in Qatar by Julian Smart. It will come as no surprise that the two horses also share the same sire, the legendary Arabian stallion Amer.

Michael Owen


Former professional footballer Michael Owen is one of England’s most successful strikers in recent years. Since hanging up his football boots in 2013, he has become a prominent racehorse owner and breeder. Owen recently took his passion for horse racing to the next level when agreeing to take part in a charity race at Ascot on November 24. Despite having never sat on a horse until five months prior to the race, Owen finished a creditable second aboard Calder Prince, and his new race-riding career is certainly off to a good start.

Maroon & White

HH Sheikh Mohammed’s legendary maroon and white colours have been carried to victories by turf legends such as Oh So Sharp, Singspiel, and Pebbles, but the ruler of Dubai now runs all his horses in Australia, USA, and Europe in the blue colours of Godolphin. More than a decade after the famous silks were regularly spotted on British racecourses, they appeared in the winner’s enclosure at Windsor in September.

The silks have been passed on to Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya’s young daughter Sheikha Al Jalila, who has a keen interest in racing despite being only nine years old. In partnership with her father, she has a string of around a dozen horses in training with John Gosden in Newmarket.

The $9.5 million dollar mare

Horses like Songbird don’t come around very often. When the two-time champion and nine-time Grade 1 winner stepped into the sales ring at Fasig-Tipton in Kentucky, breeder Mandy Pope knew that she would have to go high to acquire the four-year-old mare. She was right, and after an intense bidding process, the hammer fell on $9.5 million dollars, the second highest price ever paid for a broodmare prospect. Pope admitted after the sale that it was a bit over her budget, but it is not the first time she has signed for an expensive ticket at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale. The world record price for a broodmare prospect was set in 2012, when Pope parted with $10 million for multiple Grade 1 winner Havre De Grace. Just like Songbird, Havre De Grace was owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms and sold by Taylor Made Sales Agency at Fasig-Tipton.

Photo: James Boardman/Alamy Live News


Toby Moore is only eight years old, but is already following in his father’s footsteps. As a son of the multiple British champion jockey Ryan Moore, who has ridden more than 100 Group or Grade 1 winners, the young Moore certainly has racing in the blood. On October 23, Toby had his first ride in public in the Shetland Pony Gold Cup, dressed in the same purple and white colours that his father has carried to victory in four Group 1 races aboard Highland Reel.

The name of Toby’s pony? Lowland Reel, of course.


Carry all in a Cary All

The James River Carry All ~ from Tucker Tweed is a generous tote that does “carry all”. Featuring scratch-resistant saffiano leather exterior, this handbag contains pockets for smart phone, key fob, large zip pocket and tablet compartment with embossed leather logo. Completed with silver hardware and feet, embossed with a variety of different horsey motifs.


Art by a Champion rider

Jens Fredricson won a silver medal in the 2016 Olympics and individual gold for showjumping at the Longines FEI European Championships 2017. Jens is not only an outstanding horseman – he is also an accomplished artist. Now you can but prints of his works. This edition is made in a limited number of 250 and each piece is numbered and signed by the artist. Printed on fine art paper (Hahnemühle, German Etching, 310 g), each print is sold rolled up so you can frame it the way you like. 

We think its awesome!

40 x 50 cm

€ 153

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Pickup X-travaganza

So one side of your brain says a pickup truck is what you need for going to the farm and watch morning workouts and to put all the dirty stuff in the back and not get stuck in fields/mud/snow/sand.

The other side says that you want to arrive to the races in style – like in a Mercedes.

The great news is that you don’t need to chose.

Just get a Mercedes X-Class, the premium brands first pickup truck. Launched in November the X-Class has all the toughness you need from a pickup and all the feeling and design you except from a Mercedes. We took it for a test-drive and loved the 360° camera that turned out to be perfect for navigating off-road. And – this is not a so called SUV. This one has proper 4WD and low-range gear. Plus all the safety systems you can think of. And a big star in the front!

The 190 hp fully loaded X 250d with Power package is a bargain at £34.100 in the UK.

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