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Ascot Race Week Commences with 56,000 bottles of Champagne due to be consumed

Grassclippings - Ascot Race CourseIt's the start of Royal Ascot today in the Royal County of Berkshire.

Britain’s most popular race meeting, welcoming approximately 600,000 visitors across the five days and the most valuable race meeting in Britain, with just under £14 million in prize money.  It's the start of the 'summer season' on turf.

Ascot Racecourse has been in operation since 1711 when Queen Anne rode out from Windsor Castle and declared this area of East Cote “ideal for horses to gallop at full stretch”.

12 grounds staff maintain the track, lawns and grounds year-round and 3 more maintain the plants, shrubs, hedges and trees.  Grass is cut to a regulation 4 inches for Flat racing and 5 inches for Jumps racing. The Racecourse covers 179 acres which is 724,387sqm

Royal Ascot week features seven Group 1 races and eighteen Group races in total and is viewed in over 200 countries with approximately 400 helicopters and 1,000 limos descend on Royal Ascot every year.

According to the Royal Ascot Web Site, During the five days of the Royal Meeting racegoers consume:

240,000 hand-crafted afternoon tea cakes

128,500 bottles of mineral water

120,000 buttermilk scones

80,000 cups of tea

60,000 finger sandwiches

56,000 bottles of Champagne

44,000 bottles of wine

25,000 spears of English asparagus

21,000 jugs of Pimm's

8,000 Cornish crabs

7,000 punnets of mixed berries

7,000 rumps of English lamb

5,000 kilos of salmon

5,000 Angus steaks

3,500 fresh lobsters

3,000 kilos of beef sirloin

1,200kg of Cornish clotted cream

 The turf 'Going' terms can be combined to give a more accurate description of the Going, for example:

  • Heavy
  • Soft
  • Good to Soft
  • Good
  • Good to Firm
  • Firm
  • Hard

The Going Report is usually available seven days prior to each race meeting and is updated regularly. A 'Going Map' is also produced, indicating any variance in Going conditions around the racecourse.

Other information may also be given alongside the Official Going, such as 'watering', which is when the Clerk of the Course deems it necessary to water the course if the weather has been particularly dry.

Read more facts and figures about this great Racecourse and Sporting Week on The Ascot Racecourse

If you live locally in and around Ascot in Berkshire and parts of Surrey, the best advice is to hide for a week! 

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