Return of Horse Racing: What We Can Expect

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Winning jockey celebrates at Cheltenham

On March 18, horseracing was suspended indefinitely and over two months later, we still haven’t had the fortune of hearing the roar of a crowd since Cheltenham.

However, racing is set to resume on June 1 as plans have been announced which includes the return of racing behind closed doors.

It may be a while until the public can return to the stands, however racing coming back is a positive step forward to normality.

What races are going ahead or have been scheduled?

Current Horse Racing Schedule

Horses race down the track

Horse racing in the UK is expected to return on Monday June 1 according to the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) who released their plans last week.

The BHA have proposed fixtures for the first eight days of June including an eight-race card in Newcastle to kick things off.

On June 2 and June 3, Kempton will also be hosting races under the proposals with Yarmouth also penned in on June 3.

Newcastle returns on June 4 with Newmarket also taking centre stage as they’ll host races for the following four days.

Lingfield begins races again on June 5 and races will continue there for four days, with Haydock and Chelmsford also planning races for June 7 and 8.

On Saturday June 8, fans can also look forward to the 2,000 Guineas with the 1,000 Guineas taking place the day after.Pinatubo is the overwhelming 10/11 favourite for the 2,000 Guineas, with Quadrilateral the 3/1 favourite for the 1,000 Guineas.

Over in Ireland, racing is set to resume at Naas on June 8 with the Guineas set to return in June.

Royal Ascot and Future Horse Races

Horses race past the grandstand at Royal Ascot

At the time of writing, many races for the foreseeable future will go ahead but will be behind closed doors.

However, the organisers of the Epsom Derby have said that Ladies’ Day and Derby Day have been cancelled and will return next June.

While the Investec Oaks and Investec Derby races have been postponed, the organisers are planning to reschedule for later in the year.

Royal Ascot is yet to be confirmed but if the race does go ahead as planned, it will be without fans.

Ascot is planned to take place from June 16 to June 20 with a rejig of the running order being considered.

Fans will be eagerly awaiting news as Ascot is set to be the main event of the racing summer.

The Irish Derby and the Irish Oaks will be taking place in July as normal, with no plans to reschedule.

As we know, anything could happen and race schedules are subject to change.

Hopefully, racing will resume in June and we can look forward to further races and eventually the return of crowds to the concourses.

Hayley Turner, current holder of the Royal Ascot crown and MansionBet ambassador, gave us an exclusive look into British Racecourses and why Ascot is her favourite.

Jordan is a journalism graduate with a background in sports journalism covering football across a number of online publications, who now works in Gibraltar producing content for Mansion.
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