Ascot racecourse in Berkshire, England, is one of the most well known and visited courses in Great Britain and plays host to over a third of British Group 1 races every year.
Opened in August 1711, Ascot is the sixth oldest course currently in use in the United Kingdom. Known mostly for flat racing, with eighteen flat meetings between May and October each year, the course is dual purpose and stages several important jumps meetings throughout the winter months.
With around 600,000 racegoers attending meetings each year, approximately 10% of all racegoers in the UK, Ascot still remains one of the most popular racecourses in the UK.
So, how does Ascot maintain its popularity after all these years and remain a pivotal highlight of the sporting calendar for so many?