Royal Ascot By Numbers

Books could be written about England’s oldest and most prestigious racing festival. That’s why we’ve decided to sum up all the pomp, pageantry and world class thoroughbred racing in the following analysis of the Royal Ascot meeting by numbers:
4 – The height, in inches, to which the Ascot turf is permitted to grow for the Royal Ascot meeting
5 – The number of days in the Royal Ascot programme
6 – The percentage of the total annual flat racing attendance figures accounted for by the Royal Ascot meeting
7 – The number of group one races run during the course of the Royal Ascot meeting
12 – The number of ground staff employed to keep the Ascot turf in shape
16 – Cumulative number of group races run during the five days of the meeting
30 – The total number of races run during the course of the Royal Meeting at Ascot
39 – The number of kitchens operating full-time to cater to the crowds at Royal Ascot
73 – The climb, in yards, that racehorses have to complete to reach the finishing post on Ascot racecourse
100 – The first prize paid out at the Royal Ascot, in Guineas
185 – The amount paid in millions of pound sterling to furnish Ascot with its space-age grandstand
1711 – The year first took place on Ascot Downs
1768 – The year the inaugural Royal Meeting toke place at Ascot
1845 – The year the Royal Enclosure was introduced at Ascot Racecourse to protect the Royal Family from members of the public
2002 – The year the Royal Meeting was extended from 4 to 5 days, necessitating the creation of five new races
2005 – The only year that the Royal Ascot meeting was not held at Ascot Racecourse. The race was moved to York Racecourse that year due to the redevelopment of the racecourse.
4023 – The distance run in the longest race at the Royal Ascot meeting – the Ascot Gold Cup
6000 – The number of temporary staff recruited by Ascot Racecourse for the Royal Meeting
11,000 – The average number of lobsters washed down by the champagne
16,000 – The amount of beer consumed, in gallons, at the Royal Ascot meeting
185,000 – The average number of bottles of champagne served at the Royal Ascot meeting annually
300,000 – The average annual attendance for the Royal Ascot meeting
450,000 – The prize money presently paid out in Royal Ascot’s richest races, the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and the Golden Jubilee Stakes