Ascot Racecourse Guide

Ascot Racecourse was recently refurbished at a cost of £185 million. The course itself underwent minor renovations during the refurbishment with an integrated irrigation system put in place as well the elimination of the major crossings on the course.

The biggest changes to Ascot Racecourse were applied to the spectator facilities, which saw the old grandstand replaced with an impressive, futuristic structure.

Whilst the state-of-the-art grandstand boasts top-notch hospitality suites and media facilities, various complaints were levelled at the loss in spectator
capacity and the reduction in seats offering good views of the racing.

At the end of 2006 a £10 million-project was launched, focussing on improving the views from the lower levels of the grandstand.

The Ascot Flat Racing Course

The flat racing course at Royal Ascot, also known as the Swinley Course, is a triangular right-hand circuit running a length of approximately 1 mile and 6 furlongs. The Ascot flat racing course is notorious for the final uphill stretch of the race which follows in the wake of a downhill section in the longest side of the racecourse.

The New Mile course extends the Ascot flat racing course with a mile-long uphill section for all races up to one mile. The Old Mile course, in contrast, offers an alternative extension route with an L-shaped course extension.

Like all flat racing courses, the challenge for jockeys taking on the Ascot flat racing course is to pace the race to perfection whilst balancing racehorse stamina with speed. The uphill gradient at the finish requires racehorses to demonstrate formidable stamina in longer races in order to gain on leaders or build on a lead in the final stretch.

The Ascot National Hunt Racing Course

The Ascot national hunt racing course runs parallel to the Ascot flat racing course, taking up the inner part of the racecourse. The length of the Ascot national hunt racing course is equivalent to the Ascot flat racing course at approximately 1 mile and 6 furlongs, with a 2-furlong uphill run-in.

The design of the Ascot national hunt racing course encourages racehorses to run races at a gallop.