ROYAL ASCOT 2018

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Racegoers from across the globe will gather at Ascot Racecourse for the spectacle of the 2018 Royal Meeting. Five days of world-class racing, fashion, tradition and fine dining.

The 2018 Royal Ascot meet will run from Tuesday, June 19 through Saturday, June 23, and large fields in almost all of the races will mean superior wagering value.

Royal Ascot is Britain's most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world's finest racehorses to compete for more than £6.58 million in prize money. Royal Ascot has eighteen Group races, eight of them in Group One, that have made legends of the finest thoroughbreds. Black Caviar, Frankel, Yeats - all are Royal Ascot winners turned household names.

Royal Ascot 2018 to Host Four Breeders' Cup Challenge Races

Winners of Prince of Wales's Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes, Norfolk Stakes and Diamond Jubilee Stakes to earn Automatic Berths into 2018 Breeders' Cup World Championships.

The Breeders' Cup, in conjunction with Ascot Racecourse, announced that winners of the 2018 Prince of Wales's Stakes (G1), Queen Anne Stakes (G1) Norfolk Stakes (G2) and Diamond Jubilee Stakes (G1) at the Royal Ascot meeting, June 19-23, will be awarded automatic "Win and You're In" berths into the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs.

The Breeders' Cup Challenge is an international series of more than 80 graded/group stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting positons and fees paid into a corresponding race of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will be run at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3.

The Breeders' Cup Challenge races at the 2018 Royal Ascot meeting are as follows:

Queen Anne Stakes

The Queen Anne Stakes, June 19, for 4-year-olds and older at one mile on turf, will give the winner an automatic berth into the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1). Queen Anne Stakes winners Barathea (IRE) and Goldikova (IRE) also won the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Prince of Wales's Stakes

The Prince of Wales's Stakes, June 20, for 4-year-olds and older at 1 ¼ miles on turf, will give the winner an automatic berth into the 1 ½- mile Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1). Prince of Wales's Stakes winners Fantastic Light and Highland Reel (IRE) also won the Breeders' Cup Turf.

Norfolk Stakes

The Norfolk Stakes, June 21, for 2-year-old males and fillies at five furlongs. The winner will receive a free berth into the new Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, which will be run at 5 ½ furlongs.

Diamond Jubilee Stakes

The Diamond Jubilee Stakes, June 23, for 4-year-olds and older at six furlongs on turf, awards the winner with an automatic berth into the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1), which will be run at 5 1/2 furlongs.

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These races join the 1 ½-mile King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1), run July 28, and will award an automatic berth into the Breeders' Cup Turf, as the fifth "Win and You're In" races to be run at Ascot Racecourse this year. The King George has been a part of the international Breeders' Cup Challenge since 2011.

"There is nothing quite like the excellence, tradition and prestige of the Royal Ascot meeting, and we are so proud and delighted that the Prince of Wales's Stakes, Queen Anne, Norfolk and the Diamond Jubilee will be a part of the 2018 Breeders' Cup Challenge series as we continue to encourage international participation for the World Championships," said Craig Fravel, Breeders' Cup President and CEO. "We thank our partners at Ascot for working with us in accomplishing this goal, and look forward to the outstanding coverage from the NBC Sports Group of these fixtures, and extensive coverage of the Royal Ascot races in June."

"We're delighted to be participating in the Breeders' Cup `Win & You're In' programm with races from Royal Ascot for the first time," said Nick Smith, Ascot Director of Racing and Communications. "These are pivotal race meets in our respective jurisdictions and natural targets for the very best racehorses in the world. It's particularly pleasing to be involved from the start with the development of the new Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. It'll provide an excellent new opportunity for European juveniles.

"Recent years have seen numerous Ascot winners successful at the Breeders' Cup, and it was wonderful to see Tepin perform the feat in reverse in 2015/16, especially being our first year of the hugely important NBC arrangement."

For information on the 2018 Royal Ascot, please visit https://www.ascot.co.uk/Royal-Ascot

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