Summer & Natalma
Jockey Club Derby
Prince of Wales Stakes
Racing fans can rejoice as the Ascot meet is just around the corner signalling the return to UK racing, despite the credit card ban on gambling put in place in April and the mandatory nature of Gamstop for operators, these horse racing aren't on Gamstop and provide a great place for punters to get involved in the racing that's to come - but how can you best prepare for the event?
Dates and schedule - The event will kick off on June 16th and will see 36 races take place across the five days of action. The added races have been attributed to the lack of fans in attendance but with any luck could be a mainstay moving forward if the event is as successful as many hope. The final race will take place on Saturday June 20th.
Where to watch - For UK fans the coverage will be available on ITV and Sky Sports Racing - Sky subscribers can view the full schedule on Sky Sports over the five days. The Opening Show on ITV4 will update viewers with the latest odds and give build for the day too. Given the increased viewership from those at home, you're likely to be able to find a number of streams available for viewing too.
Prize Fund - One of the biggest changes to the Ascot this year aside from the lack of fan attendance is within the prize fund - initially the prize had been set at a record breaking £8 million but has since been slashed in half - on June 4th organisers had announced the new prize pool had been set at £3,680,000, still a substantial sum but a large difference from the previous number. This change had been announced because of the unprecedented nature of the coronavirus - the matter of no fans in attendance may also be part of the consideration for the prize fund, the lack of a live audience may have made it difficult for organisers to budget the record breaking number into their figures for the event.
The Ascot fashion - Another big part of the Ascot are the outfits and fashion statements - the big hats and summery dresses make up a big part of the colourful appearance of the event - hat designer Tracy Rose will instead be holding an event at home called the 'Stay at Home Enclosure' with the hopes to also raise money for the NHS staff during the event.
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