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Royal Ascot prize money: How much is Britain’s most valuable race meeting worth?

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THERE’S no meeting in the world like Royal Ascot.

It’s one of the biggest social occasions of the year, with five days of top-class racing, pageantry and tradition – plus MILLIONS in prize-money up for grabs on track.

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Racing was staged behind closed doors at Ascot last year[/caption]

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The Queen is a regular at the UK’s richest race meeting[/caption]

It’s only fitting that the meeting that attracts Royalty and some of the wealthiest people on the planet is the most expensive run in Britain all year.

The purse strings were tightened at Royal Ascot last season, with the meeting going ahead behind closed doors in mid-June during the first Covid-19 lockdown.

But the crowds are back and so are the bank notes, with this year’s meeting worth a cool £6 million, an average of £171,000 a race.

That is a jump of 66% on last year, when just £3.61 million was on offer across the 35 races, making it the most valuable meeting in the UK.

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Crowds – and better prize money – will return at Royal Ascot this year[/caption]

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Among the riches races at the meeting is the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes, the first race of the week with a prize-fund of £400,000, up from £250,000.

The Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes has seen one of the biggest increases, with a whopping purse of £700,000 compared to £250,000 last year.

The Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes has received the exact same boost, while the Coronation Stakes, Commonwealth Cup and Gold Cup are among a host of races to receive an extra £100,000 cash injection.

Royal Ascot had planned on offering a staggering £8 million across the meeting in 2020 before the pandemic hit.

Royal Ascot's five richest races

Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1m2f) – £700,000

Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6f) – £700,000

Queen Anne Stakes (1m) – £400,000

Gold Cup (2m4f) – £350,000

St James’s Palace Stakes (1m) – £350,000

And racecourse chief Guy Henderson said the aim is to get back up to that figure in the near future.

He said: “In 2020 we had hoped to offer record prize money of more than £8 million at the Royal Meeting.

“In the event the pandemic made that impossible and we have now spent nearly a year racing behind closed doors with trading income down 80%. This year’s prize money represents 75% of what we had originally planned for 2020.

“With restricted attendances in 2021 and pandemic insurance cover no longer available, the business will need to absorb a significant loss this year in order to deliver our wish to support the industry with the most prize money that we can prudently afford.

“Whilst Covid-19 has knocked back our long term financial trajectory by several years, our aim is to make the largest steps we can towards getting prize money levels back on track as soon as possible.

“Without owners we would have no racing. We are very grateful for their commitment and thank them for their support.

“We look forward to being able to increase prize money further as soon as it is possible for us to do so.”

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Euro 2020 betting tips: France to edge out England, Kane top contender for Golden Boot, Lukaku player of tournament

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THE countdown is now well and truly on for the big Euro 2020 on Friday.

Italy take on Turkey in Rome on June 11 as the delayed tournament finally gets underway, with Wembley hosting the final next month.

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Euro 2020 kicks off on June 11 in Rome[/caption]

With England, Wales and Scotland making it from the Home Nations, there’s a whole host of betting opportunities – and SunSport are on hand to find you the best.

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Group F hasn’t been christened this tournament’s Group of Death for nothing.

The reigning world champions, reigning Euro champions and 2014 World Cup winners all in together.

And let’s not forget Hungary either, who must be cursing their luck.

Germany, France and Portugal are all set to battle it out in what could be a terrific group stage, with Joachim Low’s Germans facing the French in the opener.

We’re all about value with our ante-post selections and we’re confident Deschamps side go far in this year’s tournament.

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Deschamps’ side won the World Cup in 2018 and are one of the favourites this summer[/caption]

Winning this group will likely evade England in the knockouts – and that will be a major incentive to win all three games and get on the right side of the draw.

Germany are a team in transition and not the force they once were, with Low’s reign coming to an end following the tournament.

Portugal meanwhile are relying on a 36-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo to drag them through.

But even CR7 isn’t a miracle worker and by far the most complete squad in the group is France.

Get them at a huge 13/10 to win Group F – a price to grab before it’s gone.

Tournament winners

Unlike five years ago at Euro 2016, there’s been no big casualties in the qualifying stages.

With all the big guns intact, expect this to be a tournament that grabs you by the throat and keeps you stuck to the sofa.

It’s tough to split the top five in the market, with France, England, Belgium, Germany and Spain the front runners.

And that’s before we even get onto Portugal, Italy and Holland.

We’re not going to deter you from a patriotic punt on England (5/1), with the Three Lions – for the most part – playing on home soil throughout.

This could prove a huge advantage as Wembley is such a fortress for Southgate‘s side, with just two defeats there since 2014.

But we feel this youthful England side is a couple of years too early to end all those years of hurt – and therefore our pick for overall winner are reigning world champions France (9/2).

The overall depth of their squad if phenomenal, with a spine of world-class players all peaking at the right time.

They are there to be shot at as the world champs, but Didier Deschamps has a wealth of talent at his disposal and has the added bonus of bringing back Karim Benzema from the cold.

Ante-post they’re a terrific price at 5/1, mainly due to having Germany and Portugal in a tricky group.

That price plummets if and when they beat a young German side in transition in their first match – so don’t miss out.

Top goalscorer

There’s a clear front-runner in the market here – and Harry Kane deserves to be.

The 2018 World Cup Golden Boot winner was the top scorer in this season’s Premier League with 23 goals.

In international competition, a tie in the goalscorer standings are decided by the amount of assists a player has.

And that’s why Kane is such a good bet even at a paltry looking 5/1 – he’s a playmaker as well as a marksman, bagging the most assists in the Prem this campaign.

If you’re looking for longer value, France’s returning veteran Benzema is a terrific bet at 16/1.

Back on the international scene for the first time in five years, the Madrid forward finished second to Messi in the LaLiga scoring charts this season.

France are sure to go far and Benzema will line-up alongside Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann. Terrifying.

For Madrid this term, he’s scored two or more on seven occasions and despite his advancing age continues to dominate defences.

Player of the tournament

Is this tournament finally the time for Belgium to fulfill their potential?

Beaten semi-finalists in the World Cup three years ago, the Red Devils have the market leader for player of the tournament in their ranks.

Value is the name of the game and we expect Belgium to cruise through the group stages with only Russia, Finland and Denmark in their way.

And they will look to former Man Utd and Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku for goals.

The 28-year-old striker has been a revelation for Inter Milan since heading to Italy, netting over 60 times in two seasons.

At a whopping 20/1, he’s a real value bet in this market.

Belgium scored 40 in just ten qualifying matches in the run-up to this tournament, including putting four past Russia in November.

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Lukaku has been in sensational form and can take that into Euro 2020[/caption]

Lukaku netted seven goals altogether in those 10 matches, as well as laying on three assists.

In the form he’s been in domestically and for his country this term, 33/1 is a price we’re taking all day long.

Highest scoring team

There’s attacking talent all over the pitch for Belgium and we’re more than happy for you to have a play on them to be the highest scoring team at 5/1.

But we’re going to be siding with France again here.

Their attacking options are phenomenal and 11/2 on them being top scorers looks long – especially as we’re backing them to go all the way to the final and lift the trophy.

Deschamps men plundered 25 goals in 10 qualifying games, taking their foot off the gas in the later rounds.

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France are blessed with a frightening array of attacking talent[/caption]

With Giroud, Benzema, Coman, Lemar, Dembele, Ben Yedder, Griezmann and Mbappe all vying for spots, there’s goals galore in this team.

Go with head over heart and choose them over England to be top scorers this summer. No brainer.

To reach semi-finals

So, who does a Wales this time round?

It was a valiant run to the last-four by the Welsh five years ago in France, with Hal Robson-Kanu’s goal against Belgium one of the standout moments of a terrific summer.

You can get 12/1 on the Dragons repeating the trick this time round, but we’re not overly convinced despite Gareth Bale’s recent upturn in form.

As a viable outsider – but still at a good price – we reckon Denmark could be the surprise side of the summer.

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Kasper Schmeichel’s Denmark side could be a good bet to go far this summer[/caption]

The Danes look a real team under Kasper Hjulmand, beating England at Wembley in the last year and staying in Group A of the Nations League.

Alongside Belgium, Russia and Finland in Group B, they have a terrific change of getting through to the knockouts.

And they will have a big advantage in those games, playing in front of a home crowd in Copenhagen.

The way the group system falls, Denmark could finish second and come up against Wales in the last-16.

Their route to the quarter-finals doesn’t look as tough as some, making them the value tip of the tournament to squeeze their way into the last-four.

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UFC 263 – Adesanya vs Vettori: Live stream FREE, UK start time, TV channel, fight card as Nate Diaz makes return

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ISRAEL ADESANYA is back in action on Saturday night in the main event of UFC 263 – which also includes Nate Diaz’s return to the Octagon.

Adesanya, 31, suffered the first loss of his career fighting up at light-heavyweight at UFC 259, and has dropped back down in weight to defend his UFC Middleweight title in a rematch against Italian Marvin Vettori.

Israel Adesanya lost last time out to Jan Błachowicz

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When is UFC 263: Adesanya vs Vettori?

UFC 263 takes place on Saturday, June 12.

The early prelims start from 11pm BST, the prelims 1am and the main card 3am.

Expect the main event of Adesanya vs Vettori at around 5am UK time.

The Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona plays host for the event which also sees Nate Diaz make his long-awaited return to the Octagon against Birmingham sensation Leon Edwards.

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UFC 263 full fight card

Main card (from 3am)

  • Main card (from 3am BST live on BT SPORT 1/ ESPN+)
  • Israel Adesanya (c) vs Marvin Vettori (UFC Middleweight title – main event) 
  • Deiveson Figueiredo (c) vs Brandon Moreno (UFC Flyweight title – co-main)
  • Leon Edwards vs Nate Diaz (Welterweight)
  • Demian Maia vs Belal Muhammad (Welterweight)
  • Paul Craig vs Jamahal Hill (Light Heavyweight)
  • Prelims (from 1am live on BT SPORT 1/ ESPN+)
  • Drew Dober vs Brad Riddell (Lightweight) 
  • Eryk Anders vs Darren Stewart (Light Heavyweight)
  • Lauren Murphy vs Joanne Calderwood (Women’s Flyweight)
  • Early prelims (from 11pm BST LIVE ON UFC FIGHT PASS APP) 
  • Pannie Kianzad vs Alexis Davis (Women Bantamweight)
  • Frank Camacho vs Matt Frevola (Lightweight)
  • Chase Hooper vs Steven Peterson (Featherweight)

What have they said?

Adesanya, on their first fight: “I can’t for the life of me understand, or how he and another judge can give that fight to him and say ‘no, he won two of those rounds.’ What? What? Excuse me, what? Huh, nah, it doesn’t work that way,”

And he has promised a knockout this time: “The judges are gonna be removed from the equation this time, guarantee you, 100 percent, they are going to be removed from the equation, I’ll guarantee you that.”

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Maguire only player to miss England training, Benzema injury LATEST, Spain vs Sweden under threat – Euro 2020 LIVE

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HARRY MAGUIRE was the only absentee from England training as Gareth Southgate’s men prepared for their Euro 2020 opener against Croatia.

We’ve the very latest on Karim Benzema’s injury after the Frenchman was injured in their warm-up win over Bulgaria.

And things aren’t looking much better for Spain after the whole squad went into isolation following a positive Covid test for Sergio Busquets.

Follow all of the latest news, build up and updates below…

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