The Royal Hunt Cup

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What You Need to Know

  1. The Royal hunt Cup is a flat handicap horse race and a highlight of the British racing season.
  2. The race is held every June, traditionally taking place on the second day of the famous Royal Ascot festival of racing. This year it will take place on the 17th of June.
  3. The first Royal Hunt Cup was founded in 1843. Over the years, the distance may have changed, but it has remained fast and furious and open to all horses aged three years and above.
  4. Getting to Ascot to watch the race in person is very easy. However, if you do want to watch the action live, be sure to buy your Royal Ascot tickets in advance and be aware that dress codes are sometimes in place.
  5. The Royal Hunt Cup is very popular with sports betting fans. Thanks to the rise of online betting, having a flutter on the big race has never been easier.
  6. If you do want to have a bet, consider putting money on an outsider as favourites rarely win. History also shows young horses and heavy jockeys struggle in the race.
  7. Be sure to do your homework before you bet. Even a little background knowledge can help improve your chances of beating the bookmaker.

A Quick Overview

The Royal hunt Cup is a flat handicap horse race held every June as part of the Royal Ascot festival of racing at the world-famous Ascot Racecourse.

One of the biggest and most popular of Ascot races, it's also a big hit with sports betting fans, not least since outsiders often gallop to victory along the one-mile course.


History of the Royal Hunt Cup

The first Royal Hunt Cup was founded in 1843. While in the first few years it was run along a right-handed course 7 furlongs and 166 yards in length, it was steadily shortened over the years and became a mile-long event in 1956. It was also in the 1950s that it was first run along a straight track.

From the very beginning, the race was open to horses aged three years and over and it has traditionally seen a large field (up to 30 horses, or sometimes even more) compete for the trophy.


The Race Today

Today, the Royal Hunt Cup forms part of the world-famous Royal Ascot festival of racing. The event takes place on the second of the five days of the festival, attracting large crowds and, thanks to the £100,000 first prize on offer, some top thoroughbreds and leading jockeys and trainers.

Thanks to the relatively unpredictable nature of the event, as well as the fact that it's fast and furious, the Royal Hunt Cup is massively popular among sports betting fans. Thanks to the rise of online betting, you no longer have to be at Ascot to have a flutter on the action. These days, having a bet on the action is just a couple of clicks away.


Getting to the Race

Whether you're travelling by car or by public transport, getting to Ascot to see the Royal Hunt Cup for yourself is straightforward. You should, however, try and buy your Royal Ascot tickets as far in advance as possible, especially if you want to watch the action from one of the better enclosures. So, how do you travel to Ascot?

  • If you're travelling by car, then you will find Ascot Racecourse just off Junction 6 of the M4. After turning off here, follow the A332 towards Windsor and you will then see plenty of clear signs for the racecourse.
  • Alternatively, by train, you can catch a train directly to Ascot station from Reading and London Waterloo. From Ascot station is just a short walk and is well sign-posted. Plenty of taxis are also on hand during major meets, including the day of the Gold Cup.

For more information on getting to Ascot to see the Royal Hunt Cup action in person, check out the official website, where you can also find information about getting to the course by coach or even by helicopter. Here you will also find more information about getting tickets to Royal Ascot.

Do be aware that during the Royal Ascot meet, a strict dress code is enforced. In the Royal Enclosure, for instance, women, must wear a day dress and a hat, while men must be dressed in a formal morning suit, complete with top hat.


Betting on the Royal Hunt Cup

The Royal Hunt Cup, with 30 runners charging down a one-mile course, is one of the most exciting events in the racing calendar. As well as being popular with the Ascot crowds and TV audiences around the world, the race is therefore also very popular among sports betting fans.

For the best selection of odds, you should sign up for an online sports betting account. By using this guide to the best sports betting sites out there, you will be able to find the best account for you and even take advantage of some great introductory offers, including cashback on your first bet.

The best way to improve your odds of winning is to do your research. Even just a little background knowledge on the race and its runners can help improve your chances of beating the bookie. Here are just a few things you should consider before you put any money down:

  • Heavier jockeys rarely win. In fact, just three horses have carried more than 9st to victory over the past 20 years.
  • The race may be open horses aged three years or over, but youngsters rarely win. Indeed, four or five-year old horses have the best record in the race, so consider this.
  • Given the crowded field, long-shots often find a way of getting to the front. Indeed, the firm favourites only rarely win the Royal Hunt Cup outright and those going into the event as 10/1 shots have a great record of winning.


Facts and Records

There are, of course, most famous races place during Royal Ascot. That said, however, the Royal Hunt Cup does have a rich and fascinating history of its own. Here are just a few facts from the race:

  • Just one horse has managed to win the Royal Hunt Cup more than once. Master Vote won in 1947 and then again in 1948.
  • However, two jockeys share the record for the most wins. Charles Wood rode four winners between 1875 and 1997 and, more recently, racing legend Lester Piggott did likewise between 1963 and 1976.
  • The Royal Hunt Cup is one of three so-called perpetual trophies awarded at Royal Ascot. Just as with the Gold Cup and the Queen's Vase, winners of the race get to keep the trophy.
  • With 30 runners taking place most years, the Royal Hunt Cup is one of the biggest races in the British racing calendar.


Further Reading

  • Knowing about horseracing and reading up on runners' form ahead of a big race is the best way of improving your odds of winning a bet. Be sure to check out the Racing Post website in the run-up to any big race.
  • If you want to have a bet on the action, you should be sure you know what you're doing. Become an instant expert with the help of this guide to betting on horses.

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