Summer & Natalma
Jockey Club Derby
Prince of Wales Stakes
The coronavirus pandemic has meant that racing has ground to a halt in many areas of the world. The US has continued to provide racing behind closed doors, which is also now being followed across Europe. France returned with racing and now the UK has returned with racing. This will come as positive news for many, with Royal Ascot given the green light to take place, which proved to be a great success. This also comes as the Premier League is also set to return later this month, in what is set to be a long road to recovery for sport. This all started around March in the UK, with the Cheltenham Festival going ahead but the Grand National cancelled. That has already seen punters look ahead to next year and the offers already available at cheltenhamguides.com, in what is always the biggest event in the racing calendar.
The all-weather track at Newcastle opened up the return of UK racing, with no spectators in attendance as expected. It followed with 18 meetings in total across June, at seven different tracks. This includes the Guineas meetings at Newmarket, on top of the Derby and the Oaks, culminating with Royal Ascot. However, this year was not a usual 'Royal Ascot' and many people's highlight of the social season. 2020 will be known as 'Royal Ascot at home' and took place between the 16th and 20th of June.
An enhanced 36 races was staged over the five days of Royal Ascot, which will be a targeted event for so many connections. Wesley Ward again travelled over to Ascot with a select team, and again had some success with a winner.
Royal Ascot was still pushing for people to get involved and join in to get dressed up and celebrate, 'Royal Ascot at Home'. This was in order to support and raise money for those affected by COVID-19, which is the whole reason behind why fans are unable to attend the event this year. This is with the motto 'Style, Share, Support'. They asked for people to Style a colourful outfit that they would have been wearing to the Royal meeting, such as a hat or something homemade. You then needed to take a selfie and tag #StyledWithThanks, in which you then nominated five other friends to do the same. If you then wish to, you could donate a 5er to support those affected by COVID-19. This was a positive move and means people still got to dress up as expected and show-off their incredible outfits ahead of each day of the meeting.
It all now sets up for a positive road ahead, as the world slowly returns to normality, following the lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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