The Tote+ May Racing Weekend

About this Racing Weekend

Owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are not selling tickets to this raceday.

The highlight of this two-day meeting takes place on Saturday 8th May. The Tote+ Victoria Cup, a valuable seven-furlong heritage handicap that tends to attract proven course specialists and interesting, less exposed youngsters alike. Unfortunately there was no 2020 renewal owing to the COVID-19 lockdown on British racing at the time. The most recent winner was therefore Cape Byron in 2019, who would go on to land The Wokingham Stakes a month later and it is likely that some of the 2021 participants will return to contest this, or another of Royal Ascot’s major handicaps. 

The Tote+ Pays More At Buckhounds Stakes meanwhile is a Listed contest over a mile and a half that often provides a guide to one of the Royal Meeting’s middle-distance contests. Godolphin’s 2016 winner Elite Army for instance, finished second in The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes on his next start, two years after having won The King George V Stakes. The 2020 edition - run at Newmarket in early June following the resumption of British racing - was won by Dashing Willoughby, another former Royal Ascot winner (Group 2 Queen’s Vase, 2019) who followed up in the Group 3 Henry II Stakes at Sandown that July. 

Fourth to Dashing Willoughby was Trueshan, who went on to land the Group 2 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot that October, his first start over two miles.