Royal Ascot racing schedule on ITV Racing

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Published: 17th June 2018

Ed Chamberlin and co-presenter Francesca Cumani host exclusive free to air coverage of the Royal Ascot meeting on ITV Racing.

ITV Racing is covering six races on each of the five days, including the highlight of the week, Thursday’s Gold Cup.
Live coverage of Royal Ascot continues a fantastic month of flat racing on ITV, having featured the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom earlier in June.
ITV Racing’s coverage features more than 27 hours’ live programming.
The ITV Racing team will go behind the scenes at the course, interview key figures including everyone from stable staff, trainers and owners through to the jockeys.
Joining Ed and Francesca for expert analysis will be Sir AP McCoy, Jason Weaver and special guest Johnny Murtagh.
On-course reporting from Oli Bell, Luke Harvey and Rishi Persad. Brian Gleeson will provide an Irish angle on the action.


Matt Chapman will have the latest betting news. Charlotte Hawkins and Mark Heyes will provide an insight into fashion.
Lucy Verasamy will provide weather forecasts, and Richard Hoiles will be in the commentary box.
Former ITV Racing presenter Brough Scott also brings his unique perspective to the action.
The main feature out of three Group One races on the first day is the St James’s Palace Stakes.
Wednesday’s feature race is the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.
Greats of the sport such as Bosra Sham, Dubai Millennium and Ouija Board have tasted glory in previous years.
The highlight of the week is the Gold Cup on day three, run over a stamina-sapping two and a half miles.
The fillies take centre stage in Friday’s highlight, the Coronation Stakes.


Sprinters take on Saturday’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes, where the fastest horses in the world line up over the straight six furlongs.
Alongside ITV’s coverage, daily hour-long editions of The Opening Show, presented by Oli Bell.
This will air at 9.30am from Tuesday to Saturday on ITV4 to preview the day’s action.
2018 has also seen the introduction ITV Racing’s Social Stable – a social media hub based at the track.
The festival will also see the return of the popular ITV Racing Podcast, hosted by Emmet and Kevin Blake, that will feature guests and look ahead to each day’s racing.


The new-look ITV Racing app is where viewers can take part in on-air polls, take tricky quizzes and watch clips from all of the live races as well as loads of extra video content.
Meanwhile, the popular ITV7 competition will also run over the two days and can be entered via the free app.
ITV’s live festival coverage will also be simulcast on the ITV Hub, on web and app, for viewers to watch online.
All the latest news and clips will be on the designed ITV Racing site – helping bring the festival to life.
The ITV Racing Twitter account will feature clips during each of the channel’s broadcasts.
Royal Ascot is part of ITV Racing’s BAFTA-winning coverage.


The Opening Show Daily from 09:30-10:30 on ITV4

Tue 19 – Royal Ascot – ITV/ITV4
14:30 The Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
13:05 The Coventry Stakes (Group 2)
15:40 The King Stand Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
16:20 The St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
17:00 The Ascot Stakes (A Handicap) (0-100)
17:35 The Wolferton Stakes (Listed Race)

Wed 20 – Royal Ascot (Day 2) – ITV
14:30 The Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2)
13:05 The Queen’s Vase (Group 2)
15:40 The Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2)
16:20 The Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
17:00 The Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap)
17:35 The Jersey Stakes (Group 3)

Thu 21 – Royal Ascot (Day 3) – ITV4
14:30 The Norfolk Stakes (Group 2)
13:05 The Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3)
15:40 The Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2)
16:20 The Gold Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
17:00 The Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap)
17:35 The King George V Stakes (Handicap)

Fri 22 – Royal Ascot (Day 4) – ITV/ITV4
14:30 The Albany Stakes (Group 3)
13:05 The King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2)
15:40 The Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
16:20 The Coronation Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
17:00 The Sandringham Stakes (Handicap)
17:35 The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap)

Sat 23 – Royal Ascot (Day 5) – ITV/ITV4
14:30 The Chesham Stakes (Listed Race)
13:05 The Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2)
15:40 The Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed Race)
16:20 The Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
17:00 The Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap)
17:35 The Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions Race)

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