THE Royal Ascot Festival starts on Tuesday 14 June and runs for five days until 18 June. As always, this year’s Royal Ascot meeting promises to be as exciting as ever.

There will be a total of 30 top class Royal Ascot races and with Seventeen Group Races, including seven Group one events, Royal Ascot makes for a fantastic week of top class racing action.

On each of the five days, there is at least one Group One race, the highlights of the opening day include the St James’s Palace Stakes and the Queen Anne Stakes. The Prince of Wales Stakes and Royal Hunt Cup top the bill on day 2, while the Ascot Gold Cup takes centre stage for Ladies Day on Thursday.

Day four features the Coronation Stakes before the final day has three great spectacles in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, the Wokingham Stakes and the Queen Alexandra Stakes.

Royal Ascot betting is popular on all thirty races but some are much more popular than others. For example, the large handicap races such as the Royal Hunt Cup and the Wokingham are popular due to the large fields and attractive betting odds about all the runners, whilst the Group races are popular due to the quality of the field, regardless of whether the favoruite is a short price or not.

The action will be live on Tellytrack in South Africa.