The 2019 Royal As­cot Tour – Not to be Missed

In as­so­ci­a­tion with Am­bas­sador Travel I ex­tend a warm wel­come to join me on the 2019 Royal As­cot Rac­ing Tour. This is un­doubt­edly one of the great­est race meet­ings in the world as well as be­ing the most cel­e­brated so­cial events of the year.

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Royal As­cot is one of the most fa­mous race meet­ings in the world with over 300 years of his­tory and is a sport­ing venue rich in her­itage and cul­ture, and at­tended by mem­bers of the British Royal Fam­ily as they ar­rive in their horse-drawn car­riage. A na­tional in­sti­tu­tion, Royal As­cot is the cen­tre­piece of the British so­cial cal­en­dar. Each year, the tra­di­tion, pageantry and fash­ion com­bine at one of the most beau­ti­ful set­tings in the coun­try and the fash­ion holds no bounds.

In the past Aus­tralian horses have met with suc­cess at Royal As­cot no doubt they will have a strong rep­re­sen­ta­tion in th­ese events again in 2019. There are few sport­ing events that can match the rich his­tory of rac­ing at Royal As­cot with cham­pion thor­ough­breds from across the globe in­clud­ing Hong Kong, the USA, New Zealand and of course,

Aus­tralia com­pet­ing. Over 300,000 vis­i­tors at­tend the event over the five-day rac­ing car­ni­val. The qual­ity of the rac­ing at Royal As­cot is sim­ply out­stand­ing, with nearly £4 mil­lion in prize money on of­fer and a to­tal of eigh­teen ‘Group’ races over the five days. The tour in­cludes the first and fi­nal days of this pres­ti­gious race week, high­lighted by the King’s Stand Stakes (first day) and Golden

Ju­bilee Stakes (last day) , and you will have the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend any of the other race days. At least one group race is run ev­ery day of the car­ni­val.

Watch the world’s most fa­mous race meet­ing from the epi­cen­tre of Royal As­cot, the Queen Anne En­clo­sure which is named in hon­our of the race­course’s found­ing monarch. Sit­u­ated close to the Pa­rade Ring and the Win­ners’ En­clo­sure, you are right at the heart of the ac­tion. With el­e­gant Cham­pagne bars and tea rooms of the beau­ti­fully man­i­cured Queen Anne Lawns, the at­mo­spheric raised ter­races from where you can watch the Royal Pro­ces­sion and world-class rac­ing fol­lowed by the up­lift­ing tra­di­tion of singing around the Band­stand; this en­clo­sure al­lows you to tai­lor your ideal day.

You have the op­tion to up­grade to the Fur­long Restau­rant. Newly added in 2018, this restau­rant of­fers a con­tem­po­rary fine din­ing con­cept within the Queen Anne En­clo­sure. Guests can take ad­van­tage of the invit­ing lounge-seat­ing and also en­joy the ex­pan­sive el­e­vated view­ing deck over­look­ing the fi­nal fur­long. A com­bi­na­tion of graz­ing and seated menu con­cepts, live cook­ing the­atre and spec­tac­u­lar dessert sta­tions prom­ise an ex­pe­ri­ence like nowhere else.

As well as Royal As­cot no doubt an­other of the high­lights will be our visit to New­mar­ket, renowned as the horse rac­ing cap­i­tal of Eu­rope. New­mar­ket is the head­quar­ters of the British Rac­ing Board and has a his­tory dat­ing as far back as 1174 mak­ing it the ear­li­est known rac­ing venue of post clas­si­cal times.

You will mix with rac­ing’s elite in this quaint English town as ev­ery­thing gears to­wards Royal As­cot. Visit sta­bles, watch horses train on the heath and take in the Na­tional Thor­ough­bred Mu­seum. As well you will visit also visit two of the world’s lead­ing stud farms, in­clud­ing Dal­ham Hall owned by Sheik Mo­hammed Mak­toum of Dubai, and Banstead Manor Stud owned by Prince Khalid bin Ab­dul­lah of Saudi Ara­bia. Stal­lion pa­rades will be held at both prop­er­ties.

Your ac­com­mo­da­tion is cen­trally lo­cated and in walk­ing dis­tance to some of the lead­ing English trainer’s sta­bles which house many of the con­tenders for Royal As­cot in­clud­ing the Aus­tralian con­tin­gency.

At our wel­come din­ner on Satur­day June 17th at the Bedford Lodge in New­mar­ket, you will en­joy an in­for­mal din­ner in the com­pany of spe­cial guests in­clud­ing English and Aus­tralian rac­ing iden­ti­ties who will share their in­sight on the forth­com­ing races. This pic­turesque city is also the Eu­ro­pean base for two of the largest rac­ing and breed­ing con­glom­er­ates in the world – Dar­ley and Jud­dmonte Farms. At the com­ple­tion of the tour you have the op­tion of ex­tend­ing your trip for fur­ther travel through­out Eng­land and Eu­rope, in­clud­ing Stone­henge and Bath, Ox­ford and Strat­ford and the Ir­ish Derby at Cur­ragh.

You could also con­sider a lux­ury cruise with Sil­versea. Per­haps you could ar­rive into Eu­rope early, re­lax and en­joy the time­less trea­sures Eu­rope has to of­fer prior to Royal As­cot, or look to en­joy a Mediter­ranean or North­ern Eu­rope cruise af­ter. Ex­pe­ri­ence whis­pered lux­ury on Sil­versea’s in­ti­mate ships, call­ing on ex­cit­ing new ports with nu­mer­ous overnight stays and late de­par­tures al­low­ing you to get closer than ever be­fore.

This is the 7th time that I’ve hosted a tour for Am­bas­sador Travel to Royal As­cot and in 2016 the tour was high­lighted with a visit to Banstead Manor and see­ing the great horse Frankel. For more in­for­ma­tion and a to be sent a de­tailed brochure, visit www.am­bas­sador­travel.com.au

Pub­lish­ers Note:

If you are a sin­gle lady or gen­tle­man and would like to travel to Royal As­cot, this is the per­fect tour for you to meet with up like-minded peo­ple. You will be al­ways placed with other peo­ple and will never have to worry about be­ing on your own. For any peo­ple wish­ing to join the Royal As­cot Tour as part of the Ladies in RAC­ING Group please email me at cm@ladiesin­rac­ing­magazine.com.au .

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