Royal Ascot is set to be given the go ahead behind closed doors

Royal Ascot is set to be given the go ahead behind closed doors.

Royal Ascot is set to be the first high profile British sporting event to be given the go ahead this summer, but with one major draw back the event will have to take place behind closed doors. This decision came after the British Horseracing Authority confirmed its timetable for the rest of the season, this will include most, if not all, of its major races with the first four classics of the season included.

The Queen will not be present at Royal Ascot this year, this will be the first time in her 68 year reign that she will not be attending. The five day event will see no Royal procession, morning suits or any millinery.

Some of the season's most valuable and competitive handicaps are run at the royal meeting, these handicaps include the Royal Hunt Cup and the Wokingham Handicap. At a normal Royal meeting the betting sector would be expected to make between £1m and £2m calculated over all five days of the event.

In the provisional schedule and the return of top flight racing, the 2,000 Guineas and 1,000 Guineas has a run date of the 6th and 7th of June, this is within a week of the anticipated Royal Ascot return, this is all subject to the government approval on June 1st.

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