Royal Ascot Racing Showcased on NBC Sports This Week

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Royal Ascot is one of the most prestigious race meetings in the world.
Royal Ascot is one of the most prestigious race meetings in the world. (Eclipse Sportswire)

NBC Sports will air five broadcasts this week from the elite Royal Ascot meeting in England, highlighting some of the best international Thoroughbred racing including four Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” races.

The broadcasts will cover the entire five-day Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse, starting Tuesday, June 19, and conclude with the first-ever live broadcast of Royal Ascot on NBC set for Saturday, June 23. The prior four days will be televised on NBCSN.

In total, NBC Sports Group will present 22 hours of coverage over the five-day period.

Royal Ascot is one of the world’s most valuable horse racing events, attracting top Thoroughbreds from all corners of the globe including the U.S. The event features 30 races, eight of them at the Group 1 level (equivalent to Grade 1 in the U.S.).

Nick Luck (Eclipse Sportswire)

Highlighting the American contingent expected to compete at Royal Ascot are an expected 10 horses trained by Wesley Ward. That group is led by star filly Lady Aurelia, who will be seeking her third consecutive win at the Royal Ascot meeting. Lady Aurelia is expected to start in the King’s Stand Stakes on Tuesday, June 19.

Four of the Royal Ascot races are part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, and the winner of each race will receive an automatic berth to the World Championships at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2-3. The races are: the Queen Anne Stakes (held Tuesday, June 19, a qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Mile); the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (held Wednesday, June 20, a qualifier for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf); the Norfolk Stakes (held Thursday, June 21, a qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint); and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (held Saturday, June 23, a qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint).

ABR contributor Melissa Bauer-Herzog has a comprehensive guide to U.S.-based and other notable horses slated to run during the Royal Ascot meet.

Nick Luck will host coverage for NBC on all five broadcasts. NBC News’ Dylan Dreyer makes her Royal Ascot debut on Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, and will report live on the “TODAY” show on Friday.

The full schedule for NBC Sports’ coverage of Royal Ascot is below.

NBC Sports Schedule for Royal Ascot

Date

Time (ET)

Show

Network

Tues., June 19

8:30 a.m.

Royal Ascot

NBCSN

Wed., June 20

8:30 a.m.

Royal Ascot

NBCSN

Thurs., June 21   

8:30 a.m.

Royal Ascot

NBCSN

Fri., June 22

8:30 a.m.     

Royal Ascot    

NBCSN

Sat., June 23

9 a.m.

Royal Ascot

NBC

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