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With thirty top quality races, including seven Group Ones, Royal Ascot is the by far the greatest flat racing festival of the year in the UK.

Royal Ascot Betting is bound to be one of the big features of the five day festival but this meeting is aout much more as it always attracts Royalty, huge crowds, top horses from the top stables and the media coverage has become more comprehensive than ever before. This is particularly true on Ascot Gold Cup today which of course is also Ladies Day, where celebrities come out in their droves to catch the lenses of the hundreds of official photographers present.

The Ascot Gold Cup is in fact the big feature race of the week and this year we will be hoping to toast a true superstar if the eight year old Yeats can win the race for the fourth successive year. It will be a tall order as the race this year has attracted a top quality field of stayers and am upset could easily be on the cards and the way he ran first time out our Royal Ascot Tips has to be to lay him on the exchanges.

For the pure racing fan, Royal Ascot day one has to be the day to attend with three Group Ones raced after each other to start off the day. The first of these is the Queen Ann Stakes, followed by the Kings Stand Stakes with the St James Palace Stakes up next.

Group One interest on Day two lies in the Prince of Wales Stakes, but there are also two outstanding Group Two races, in the Windsor Forest Stakes and the Queen Mary Stakes.

The Group One Gold Cup is on the third day, but that is preceded by the Norfolk and Ribblesdale Stakes which are both Group Two’s.

Friday and Day four is the very competitive Coronation Stakes which this year will see Ghanaati, winner of the Newmarket 1000 Guineas take on the French 1000 Guineas winner, Elusive Wave.

The fifth and final day on Saturday has the Golden Jubilee Stakes as well as the Group Two Hardwick Stakes.

Clearly it is an action packed week and a week simply not to be missed. With the promise of great weather 2009 Royal Ascot has the promise of being the best for many years especially as the UK Online Bookmakers are offering lots of incentives for punters to bet with them especially Ladbrokes who have a £25 cash match free bet on offer.

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