Royal Ascot 2014

Royal Ascot 2014

Royal Ascot 2014 - Ladies Day, Coronation Stakes and Finale Day

Royal Ascot is without doubt one of the most glamorous race meeting in the world. The Royal event is definitely one of the most social and colourful occasions on the British calendar. The three major days are the Gold Cup on Thursday - better known as Ladies Day - with its quality of fashions, racing and pageantry that makes it an occasion not to be missed, along with Friday's Coronation Stakes and Saturday's fantastic Finale Day.

Summary of Tour Options for Royal Ascot (2014)

Royal Ascot Ladies Day
From £69.00
Tour Date: Thursday, 19th June 2014

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A superb sporting and social occasion, combining tradition and pageantry. Be a part of it all on our fantastic day tour to Royal Ascot for Ladies Day. We provide return coach transport from London. Bubbly on journey to racecourse. Large buffet lunch upon arrival, served with excellent varieties of red or white wine. Entrance to the Silver Ring Enclosure is included and Grandstand upgrades are also available.
Tour Date: Thursday, 19th June 2014

green tickReturn luxury coach transport to Royal Ascot from Londongreen tickBubbly provided on journey to racecoursegreen tickBuffet lunch upon arrival, served with your choice of qualilty red or white winegreen tickEntrance provided to the Silver Ring enclosuregreen tickGrandstand upgrade option available

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Royal Ascot Coronation Stakes Day
From £59.00
Tour Date: Friday, 20th June 2014

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Can't make Ladies Day? Then joins us on Friday for this fantastic value Royal Ascot tour with the running of the famous Group 1 classic the Coronation States. Be at Royal Ascot for all the colour, tradition and pageantry of the Royal Meeting on Friday without the major crowd's of the Thursday and Saturday meetings.
Tour Date: Friday, 20th June 2014

green tickReturn luxury coach transport to Royal Ascot from Londongreen tickFriday Tour - Avoid the massive crowdsgreen tickBubbly provided on journey to racecoursegreen tickBuffet lunch upon arrival, served with your choice of qualilty red or white winegreen tickEntrance provided to the Silver Ring enclosuregreen tickGroup 1 Classic - The Coronation Statesgreen tickGrandstand upgrade option available

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Royal Ascot Finale Day
From £69.00
Tour Date: Saturday, 21st June 2014

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Be at Royal Ascot for all the colour, tradition and pageantry of the Royal Meeting on Saturday's Golden Jubilee Stakes day. Best of all, being on a weekend no need to take the day off work. Don't miss out. Ascot Racecourse has sold out but we still have some limited availability to the big Saturday.
Tour Date: Saturday, 21st June 2014

green tickReturn luxury coach transport to Royal Ascot from Londongreen tickSaturday Tour - No need to take time off workgreen tickBubbly provided on journey to racecoursegreen tickBuffet lunch upon arrival, served with your choice of qualilty red or white winegreen tickEntrance provided to the Silver Ring enclosuregreen tickGrandstand upgrade option available

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Event and PP Tour Information

The world's most glamorous race meeting is definitely at Royal Ascot, a fantastic facility set in beautiful Berkshire. Described by critics and pundits alike as 'The Greatest Race Meeting in the World', the five day Royal meeting held in June each year is definitely one of the premier race meetings on the planet and certainly the most important flat race meeting in the UK.

The three key days are "Ladies Day", the Gold Cup meeting on the Thursday, the Coronation Stakes meeting on the Friday and the Finale Day on the Saturday with the running of the Diamond Jubilee stakes.

Outstanding fashions and high stakes make these meetings a great day out. They are one of the major events on the British social calendar. Look at the value inclusions in the PP Travel day tour packages:

  • Return coach transport to Royal Ascot from London.
  • Bubbly provided on journey to racecourse.
  • Our famous buffet lunch upon arrival, served with excellent varities of quality red and white wine - along with more bubbly!.
  • Entrance provided to the Silver Ring enclosure.
  • Tour leader for the day.
  • Typically great fun and organisation.

Ladies Day: Thursday 19 June 2014
Coronation Stakes: Friday 20 June 2014
Finale Day: Saturday 21 June 2014

Ascot's racetrack is one of the most modern and spectacular in the world since being totally rebuilt in 2006. It is only during the 5-day June meeting that the huge Berkshire racetrack becomes officially known as "Royal" - and a regal stamp on this occasion is clearly defined by the magnificent horse drawn procession at the beginning of each day that brings members of the family from Windsor Castle down the main straight to their own "Royal Enclosure".

The meeting is steeped in history dating back to 1711 when it was begun by Queen Anne. Now well over 300,000 people make the annual visit to Berkshire during Royal Ascot week, making it Europe's best-attended race meeting. With 16 Group races on offer and with at least one Group One event on each of the five days, it is an amazing sporting event. However it is arguably more famous for its amazing 300 years of social tradition and pageantry - something that continues to this very day.

Grandstand Upgrade
You also have the option of choosing to upgrade to Ascot's new Grandstand on any of PP's Royal Ascot tours. It costs an extra £45 for a Grandstand ticket on Ladies Day (Thurs) and Finale Day (Sat). On Coronation Stakes Day it is an extra £35 for Grandstand entry.

The Grandstand offers viewing from ground and lawn levels and allows you access to the main parade ring as well as it's excellent facilities. Please note that Grandstand upgrades must be requested and paid for at the time of your booking and is subject to availability. Your lunch and drinks will be served in the coach park along with all our guests. You will be issued with a separate entry ticket. Please check out our FAQ section on PP Royal Ascot tours for further infomation on the difference areas at Royal Ascot.

Meet at Ascot - no transport option:
If you are travelling from other parts of the UK or not from central London, it may be easier for you to make your own way to Ascot and join us at our lunch/party zone before entering the races. We offer a no transport option for £20 less than coach tours - your get everything that a normal package includes, except the journey from central London to Ascot and back.

At Royal Ascot 2013 our large buffet lunch is served in the very social parking area, inside the straight six home straight. The Royal Procession travels past this area about a half an hour before the first race which is usually around 2:30pm. Either cross over into the main course proper beforehand or give the Royals a wave from here.

All our tours include entrance to the Silver Ring Enclosure. There is a more relaxed atmosphere here than the main stand (althought upgrade options to the Grandstand are available). The Silver Ring also has excellent facilities. There are free seats on in its stand or cheer the horses as they enter the home straight by the rails. While the racing is undeniably first class, it is often the action off the track that is the main attraction. The colourful style, pageantry and range of outfits on display at this amazingly social outing make the whole event much more than just an amazing race meeting.

Lunch is provided in the coach park (no 10) upon arrival for all PP passengers. As you will be allocated your entry ticket on the coach journey to Ascot, you are then free to make your own way into the course proper at your leisure after lunch.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Royal Ascot

What tours do we offer?

What tours do we offer? PP Travel offers a complete day return coach package from London to Royal Ascot for the three major days of the Royal Meeting - Ladies Day, Thursday June 19, Coronation Stakes Day, Friday June 20 and the Final Day, Saturday June 21 2014.
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What is the time of depature and where is the departure point for the tour?

What is the time of depature and where is the departure point for the tour? All our Royal Ascot tours depart from Embankment, Central London, opposite Embankment Tube Station and right on the River Thames at 9:30am. Ladies Day: Thursday 19 June. Coronation Stakes Day: Friday 20 June. Finale Day: Saturday 21 June 2014. Embankment Tube Station is on the District, Circle, Bakerloo and Northern Lines of London's underground network and is serviced by nearby Charring Cross and Waterloo British Rail overland train stations.
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Are there any other departure points in London or on the way to Ascot?

Are there any other departure points in London or on the way to Ascot? There are no other departure points either in London, en-route to Royal Ascot, nor from anywhere else in the UK. However we do have an option for those who want to make their own way to Ascot to meet us at our lunch/party zone and join the tour there for £20 off the normal coach price. close

Making your own way to Ascot. How do you get there?

Making your own way to Ascot. How do you get there? If you have choosen our package without the transport to and from London, you will need to make your own way there. Please click on the following link for details of how to travel by road and public transport. http://www.ascot.co.uk/pdf/directions_carpark.pdf
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What is included in the tour price?

What is included in the tour price? The package price for all three Royal Ascot tours includes return executive coach from London to Ascot, bubbly on the coach, buffet style lunch, Red or white wine with lunch, Silver Ring Entrance ticket to Royal Ascot Racecourse, and, as always, an experienced PP Travel Tour Guide. close

Are there any deals for large groups?

Are there any deals for large groups? Book ten people on a Ladies Day coach tour or our Royal Ascot Finale Day tour and an eleventh goes free! We offer this discount for groups of 10 booked and paid by the same person on one invoice at the same time. Ask our friendly staff for further details. close

Can I upgrade from Silver Ring Enclosure entry to Grandstand entry?

Can I upgrade from Silver Ring Enclosure entry to Grandstand entry? Yes but you must do this at the time of booking at an additional cost to the normal Silver Ring Enclosure tour price.

Ladies Day plus £45
Coronation Stakes Day plus £35
Finale Day plus £45

The Grandstand offers viewing from ground and lawn levels and allows you access to the main parade ring as well as it's excellent facilities. Please note that Grandstand upgrades must be requested and paid for at the time of your booking and is subject to availability. Your lunch and drinks will be served in the coach park along with all our guests. You will be issued with a separate entry ticket. close

What is the difference between the Silver Ring and the Grandstand?

What is the difference between the Silver Ring and the Grandstand? The general public area during the Royal Ascot meeting is known as the Silver Ring. All our packages include entry to the Silver Ring. This section is along the home straight in a large lawn area stretching from the 200metre mark (1 furlong) to the home turn, about 400 metre mark. It is 200 metres at least from the finishing post. During the Royal week, massive marquees are set up, temporary grandstands, bandstands, bars etc.It really is impressive, but not close to the finishing post.

The Grandstand, is the section from the 200metre mark through to the finishing post. By purchasing an upgrade to the Grandstand (£35 to £45 depending upon which day you choose), you will be allocated a Grandstandarea entry ticket instead of a Silver Ring entry, on the coach journey from central London to Ascot.

The Grandstand area has excellent facilities, you can be opposite the finishing post, plus have full access to the parade ring at the rear of the stand. Strict dress codes are in force for this area. Please note, that during the Royal meeting, your entry ticket will only give you access to the lower sections - mainly the ground floor areas, NOT up in the grandstand itself. This is known as the Royal enclosure during this meeting and is all reserved seating.

Lunch is provided in the coach park (no 10) upon arrival for all PP passengers. As you will be allocated your entry ticket on the coach journey to Ascot, you are then free to make your own way into the course proper at your leisure after lunch.

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What are the coaches like?

What are the coaches like? All our coaches are equipped with TV/video or DVD, stereo, toilets and air conditioning. Refreshments will be available on the coach but you are unable to bring your own alcohol on board. All our coaches are non-smoking. Each coach has an experienced PP representative to assist passengers. close

How long is the coach trip?

How long is the coach trip? Ascot racecourse is situated in the heart of Berkshire in the town of Ascot. Normally it would take about 90 minutes from central London, however on race day this can vary due to traffic. We depart at 7.00pm, about 90 minutes after the last race (which is around 5:30pm) is finished, and aim to have you back in London around 8:30pm depending on traffic. Your PP rep will give you instructions on the day. close

What is provided in the buffet lunch?

What is provided in the buffet lunch? The buffet luncheon PP Travel provides on all our Royal Ascot tours are extensive. It is a cold buffet and there are plenty of vegetarian options. You will not go hungry, we assure you! Our photo gallery has a few snaps of the typical type of food on offer and you could also check out our video section for an even better idea on the type of buffet we will provide. We also provide our "Aussie sausage sizzle" which is always a hit. close

Where is lunch served?

Where is lunch served? Lunch is served in the coach park 10. The area is grassed and we recommend you bring a pinic blanket to sit on. You can bring fold up chairs for both lunch and for the Silver Ring Enclosure or you can leave your chair on the coach during the day. If you are making your own way to the racecourse, it is your responsiblity to make your own way to coach park 10 for lunch. For details of how to find coach park 10, please click the following link http://www.ascot.co.uk/pdf/directions_carpark.pdf close

Are there any drinks included?

Are there any drinks included? Racing at Royal Ascot on Ladies Day is not only the most fashionable day out of the year day out, it is also, a BIG PARTY EVENT - so it would certainly be amiss not to provide drinks with lunch. You have the choice of quality red or white wine with your meal - and there will be plenty provided. We also serve bubbly on the coach journey out to Ascot in the morning and along with lunch.
As well as sparkling wine being served on the coach on the journey to Royal Ascot, you have the choice of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, rose, merlot, shiraz, rioja. As well as more bubbly and cider and beer. Free non-alcoholic drinks are also available both on the coach journey and throughout lunch at the track. close

Can we take our own alcohol into the race course?

Can we take our own alcohol into the race course? Yes, but it is at the discretion of Ascot Racecourse. Alcohol can be taken In the Silver Ring and Heath only - Alcohol can only be brought in with a substantial picnic carried in a picnic hamper or cool box and it is limited to 1 bottle of wine or Champagne per person OR 4 cans or bottles of beer. All bottles must have the seals intact and any bottles of alcohol or soft drinks that have been opened will be confiscated and discarded at the entrance to the Silver Ring.

Spirits, fortified wines and Pimm's or similar will not be allowed onto the racecourse
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What should I wear?

What should I wear? Whilst there are no actual dress regulations for the Silver Ring almost everyone makes an attempt to 'dress up to the nines' so to speak. Ladies Day at Royal Ascot is considered the premiere event on Britain's social calendar so dust off that party dress/frock/gown, choose a hat and get involved. Again, on Finale Day at Royal Ascot there is no law saying you have to dress up, but like Ladies Day, it should be considered a day to get out your best dress/suit. It is all part of the fun.

Grandstand
Ladies who have chosed to upgrade to a Grandstand Admission ticket are required to dress in a manner appropriate to a smart occasion. Many wear hats although this is not compulsory. Gentlemen in the Grandstand Admission area must wear a shirt and tie, preferably with a suit or jacket. Sports attire, jeans and shorts are strictly forbidden.
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How do I place a bet?

How do I place a bet? During the Royal Ascot meetings there are a number of Bookmakers in the Silver Ring enclosure, as well as numerous TOTE outlets. All of them will be able to provide you with the necessary betting assistance and tools to have a flutter. close

Do we need travel insurance?

Do we need travel insurance? We encourage all passengers to have adequate travel insurance on our tours as there is always the possibility for injury or loss. If you do not have your own travel insurance at the time of booking A PP Travel tour you will be offered the option to take out a travel insurance policy for the day. close

What happens if I need to cancel?

What happens if I need to cancel? As all deposits are non-refundable you will lose at least this amount if you cancel. Please note that bookings and names are not transferable. If you have paid in full you may lose more than the deposit depending upon when we receive your written cancellation instructions. close

The PP Royal Ascot Experience

Royal Ascot is one of the most important race meetings in the world and PP Travel have been successfully running tours to Royal Ascot for Ladies Day for well over two decades, making us one of the most experienced and largest operators to the event.

PP Travel has the largest exclusive picnic area inside the main coach park (no 10), for all to enjoy upon arriving at Royal Ascot. Situated inside the main 1 mile straight, this is our lunch/party zone for your to enjoy before crossing underneath the main straight at your leisure to enter either the Silver Ring or Grandstand enclosures. PP has the best possible position in the coach park from which to view the Royal Procession as it makes it way from Windsor Castle into the racecourse.

Our buffet lunch has over 20 different choices of food from meats and cheeses to salads, bread, cakes and fruits, there are options to suit everyone. The lunch is served with an excellent choice of red or white wine which has been carefully selected for its quality. We provide plenty of bubbly onboard our coaches for the journey from London to Berkshire - and there is always plenty more to go around during lunch. And like our buffet lunch, the PP bar at Royal Ascot is renowned for its very generous drink proportions!

Naturally entrance to Royal Ascot is included and you can make your way to the Silver Ring Enclosure at your leisure any time from the very social car park area, where your luncheon is served. We also offer the option of upgrading to the Grandstand on any of PP's Royal Ascot tours. It is an extra £40 for a Grandstand ticket on Ladies Day. On Coronation Stakes Day and the Finale Day it costs an extra £32 for Granstand entry. The Grandstand offers viewing from ground and lawn levels and allows you access to the main parade ring as well as it's excellent facilities. Please note that Grandstand upgrades must be requested and paid for at the time of your booking and is subject to availability. Your lunch and drinks will be served in the coach park along with all our guests. You will be issued with a separate entry ticket.

You will be well served by our tour leaders and staff throughout the day as we provide you all with the best information, food, drink and services that will endeavour to make the day as enjoyable as possible for you and all your friends.

Our coaches depart Royal Ascot at 7.00pm - approximately 90 minutes after the last race at 5.30pm - ensuring you can make the most of your day and enjoy the bands, the party and sing-a-longs that continue well after the racing has finished.

We always aim to provide an excellent value tour, that is relaxed and most importantly fun. We look forward to have you on board with us this year for Royal Ascot 2014.

History

You would be hard pressed to find a sporting venue that can come close to matching the history and rich heritage of Ascot Racecourse. For almost 300 years Royal Ascot, with it's indebted links to the monarchy, has been at the centre of Britain's social calendar and has proved to be one of the highest stages for the test of the worlds greatest race horses.

Ascot Racecourse and races were founded by Queen Anne in 1711 after she identified an area of open heath that looked an ideal place for "horses to gallop at full stretch" during an afternoon ride on the open heath outside Windsor Castle.

The very first race at the venue was held on the 11th of August 1711 with the feature race being named as "Her Majesty's Plate".

The racecourse proper itself was not laid out until around 1790 by William Lowen with the first building being erected on the site in 1794 through a joint venture of works by builder - George Slingsby, carpenter - William Erlybrown, painter - Benjamin Clichett and official Royal Ascot race administrator - John Grape. The original building at Ascot was used up until 1838.

Although Ascot Heath itself was, and still is, property of the Crown, a sitting of Parliament in 1813 passed an "Act of Enclosure" bill ensuring that Ascot racing was secure and available to the entire British pubic and remains so until today.

Whilst the Ascot Racecourse and Races were founded by the Queen and located on Crown property, all administration has always been handled on behalf of the Crown through a representative appointed by the Monarchy. The Master of the Royal Buckhounds was the appointed representative on behalf of the Sovereign until 1901 when Lord Churchill was appointed and made responsible for the running of the course and security of the Royal Enclosure.

Another ACT of Parliament in 1913, formed the Ascot Authority and proclaimed that His Majesty's Representative become the Chairman of the Authority. He or she has always been assisted in the Ascot Racecourse administration by the Clerk of the Course. Today the racing body at Ascot is named the Ascot Authority (Holdings) Limited and continues to retain both of those original positions, however they themselves are now assisted by the extra appointments of trustees, a Chief Executive, non-executive directors and departmental directors. The Clerk of the Course and the Racing Director are now one in the same position.

Right up until 2001 Ascot Racecourse was a private company thus no accounts were ever required to be were published. In January 2002, during redevelopment of the racecourse, the company was incorporated and renamed Ascot Racecourse Ltd and is now firmly established as the official organisation responsible for running Ascot Racecourse and its associated race meetings including the Royal Ascot Race meeting.

Up until 1939 the Royal Ascot meeting was the only race meeting held at Ascot Racecourse. Although the exact origin of the Royal Meeting is unclear it is generally accepted that it evolved over time with the first recorded Royal Ascot meeting taking place in 1768. It has been suggested by some historians, however, that it was not really considered a Royal Ascot race meeting until 1807 when the Gold Cup was introduced.

Other race meetings held in the Berkshire racecourse through the year are known as just "Ascot". The 5-day June meeting is the only time it is known as "Royal Ascot".

The Gold Cup still remains the feature race of the now extended, five day Royal Ascot Race meeting and is traditionally run on Ladies Day which is always held on the Thursday of the Royal Ascot race meeting and is 'colloquially' known as "Ladies Day at Royal Ascot" It has always been the day of the race meeting that has attracted the largest crowds and although Ascot Racecourse Limited have, in recent years, tried to distance themselves from a 'Ladies Day' as such, it has remained the most popular of the race days at the Royal Ascot meeting.

Her Majesty, the Queen, traditionally presents the Gold Cup each Ladies Day at Royal Ascot. The trophy is uniquely designed and produced each year and is not perpetual but is kept by the Gold Cup race winning connections. This is also the case with Saturday's Golden Jubilee states, the Royal Hunt Cup and The Queen's Vase. There are 27 races at the Royal Ascot race meeting have perpetual trophies, many of them now valuable antiques, and are required to be returned after each year to be re-presented to the new winning race connections.

Saturday's Finale Day is the other major day of the meeting, with the group 1 Jubilee States run. This race is the UK's leg of the world horse racing challenge. Being on the weekend this day is always hugely attended.

The Queen, as an avid owner and breeder of racehorse takes a keen interest in the Royal Ascot race meeting and has indeed, had great success with her own horses in recent years. The Jockeys riding Her Majesty's horses have worn the same colours as those of King Edward the 7th and Prince Regent George the 4th. They are purple body, gold braid, scarlet sleeves and a black velvet cap with gold fringe.

In memory of the founder, the Queen Anne Stakes is also run at the meeting although this is not held on Ladies Day of the Royal Ascot race meeting and is usually run on the first day of the Royal meeting.

In a strictly adhered to tradition, members of the Royal Family usually attend the Royal Ascot race meeting on all five days arriving by horse and carriage procession from Windsor Castle itself. The Royal Enclosure has a strict dress code were male attendees must wear full morning dress including a top hat, whilst ladies must not show bare midriffs or shoulders and must wear hats. Outside the Royal Enclosure the dress code is less severe, but many people choose to wear formal dress anyway. To be admitted to the Royal Enclosure for the first time one must either be a guest of a member or be sponsored for membership by a member who has attended at least four times. This continues to maintain a socially exclusive character to the Enclosure.

Royal Ascot, Ladies Day and Finale Day in particular, continues to be a magnificent spectacle of fashion, tradition and pageantry that one should not miss.

Royal Ascot Photos

Royal Ascot 2013 - Finale Day
Royal Ascot 2013 - Finale Day
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Royal Ascot 2013 - Coronation Stakes
Royal Ascot 2013 - Coronation Stakes
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Royal Ascot 2013 - Ladies Day
Royal Ascot 2013 - Ladies Day
20/06/2013
Finale Day Royal Ascot 2012
Finale Day Royal Ascot 2012
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Coronation Stakes Royal Ascot 2012
Coronation Stakes Royal Ascot 2012
22/06/2012
Ladies Day Royal Ascot 2012
Ladies Day Royal Ascot 2012
21/06/2012
Finale Day Royal Ascot 2011
Finale Day Royal Ascot 2011
18/06/2011
Coronation Stakes Royal Ascot 2011
Coronation Stakes Royal Ascot 2011
17/06/2011
Ladies Day Royal Ascot 2011
Ladies Day Royal Ascot 2011
16/06/2011
Finale Day Royal Ascot 2010
Finale Day Royal Ascot 2010
19/06/2010
Ladies Day Royal Ascot 2010
Ladies Day Royal Ascot 2010
17/06/2010
Ladies Day Royal Ascot 2009
Ladies Day Royal Ascot 2009
18/06/2009
Ladies Day Royal Ascot 2006
Ladies Day Royal Ascot 2006
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Ladies Day York 2005
Ladies Day York 2005
16/06/2005
Ladies Day Royal Ascot 2004
Ladies Day Royal Ascot 2004
17/06/2004
Ladies Day Royal Ascot 2003
Ladies Day Royal Ascot 2003
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