The Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot

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If you are planning a trip to a British sporting event this year then you are kind of spoiled for choice.

Football, rugby, snooker and cricket are among the top sports you can see in 2015. However, there are going to be few more exciting occasions than the Royal Ascot horse racing event. Among the 5 days of races one that sticks out is the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. So could this be a good travel destination for you?

The Basics

This race is held on the 17th of June this year, on day two of the Royal Ascot event. It is a race for older horses and lasts for a bit more than a mile and a quarter. It is always a keenly contested race and one of the most prestigious in the Ascot meeting. It is the biggest race of the day but there are a few other very decent ones to keep you interested for the rest of the day. As Ascot is a small town it is likely to be packed with people there for the race, so the atmosphere is always fantastic during the day. If you are going on a day trip then you are unlikely to have time to do much more than watch the races. For those people making a longer trip of it, there are some exciting options around Berkshire. These include the likes of Windsor Castle, Eton and some lovely villages and countryside.

Getting There

If you plan to go Ascot to see the Prince of Wales’s Stakes then you will find that it accessible in a number of ways. The town of Ascot is in Berkshire and it is around 25 miles from London. In fact, the excellent transport links make it a popular commuter town. From here you can ride a train to Waterloo station in London, to Reading, to Aldershot and to a few other places too. The service is regular and you can even book on a special Royal Ascot train service that includes a glass of champagne and a race card in the price. You can also get in and out of Ascot by bus or by driving along the M3. If you decide to drive then there are a number of car parks open from 9.30am to 9.30pm on race days. It is a small town but it is usually busy during Royal Ascot, so you will want to book accommodation in advance or just make it a day trip.

Watching It at Home

Of course, the option of watching the Prince of Wales’s Stakes on the television is also tempting if you can’t make it to Ascot. This is good fun and you can find all of the information you need on the race at http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/events/prince-of-wales-stakes. Just grab some snacks and something to drink and then settle back for one of the great horse races of the year. You will get a good feel for the atmosphere in this way and maybe it will put you in the right mood to go there in person next year.