Ascot Racecourse
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Royal Ascot, Hong Kong
Royal Ascot is a private residential development in Fo Tan, Sha Tin District, Hong Kong. The development is consisted of 2 phases, which was completed in 1995 and 1997 respectively. The development was jointly developed by Sun Hung Kai Properties and the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation...


Ascot Racecourse (icon) is a famous English
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 racecourse, located in the small town of Ascot
Ascot, Berkshire
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, Berkshire
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, used for thoroughbred horse racing. It is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom
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, hosting 9 of the UK's 32 annual Group 1
Conditions races
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 races. The course is closely associated with the British Royal Family
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, being approximately six miles from Windsor Castle
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, and owned by Ascot Racecourse Ltd.

Ascot today stages twenty-six days of Flat racing over the course of the year, comprising eighteen Flat meetings
Flat racing
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 held between the months of May and October inclusive.