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.
18 – the number of Group races during five-day meet.
300,000 – the number of spectators at Royal Ascot on an average year.
247 – the number of private lounges at Royal Ascot.
39 – the number of kitchens that cook for the spectators.
4 – the number of Royal Ascots you must have attended from the Royal Enclosure before you can mentor a new visitor.
51,000 – the number of bottles of champagne served during Royal Ascot.
750,000 – Pounds: the purse in the Prince of Wales Stakes.
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