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Did you know that Ascot Racecourse was founded by Queen Anne in 1711. The first race – Her Majesty’s Plate – was run on August 11 that year, for a purse of 100 guineas. The racecourse remains the property of the reigning monarch, and of course hosts the royal meeting that is one of the great events of ‘the season’. Ascot, by the way, is a corruption of the original name of East Cote.

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