Royal Ascot will take place in camera if the meeting can continue


The world’s most revered race meeting, Royal Ascot, will not be open to the public this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but could still be held behind closed doors.

The five-day meeting, which has been attended daily by Her Majesty the Queen since the 1950s, is scheduled to begin on June 16 and usually draws approximately 300,000 race enthusiasts over its five days.

Late Tuesday afternoon, shortly after it was revealed that the Jockey Club was looking to reprogram the top four classics of the year, it was announced that Ascot still had hope for the future. ” organize the meeting, but in the absence of spectators.

    Her Majesty the Queen arrives for Royal Ascot (Focusonracing)
Her Majesty the Queen arrives for Royal Ascot (Focusonracing)

Guy Henderson, CEO of Ascot, issued a statement which read as follows: “For reasons of public health and safety, we have come to the difficult but inevitable conclusion that Royal Ascot 2020 will not be able to operate as a event open to the public. It will of course be a great disappointment for anyone who plans to attend.

“It may be possible to hold Royal Ascot races behind closed doors, depending on government and public health policy and BHA approval so that we can start the race again.

“It would be in the interest of the industry, our valued partners and suppliers and our viewers at home and abroad. Planning for this is now our complete goal and we will update progress as we go. “

He added: “Customers who have already paid for entrance and hospitality at Royal Ascot will be fully reimbursed in the usual manner as soon as possible and we will immediately begin the process of communicating with them, initially by email. We thank everyone in advance for their patience and understanding in accomplishing this important task given the difficult practical circumstances of the current national foreclosure.

“The pandemic will have a significant financial impact on our activities in 2020, as well as on many others. However, the Ascot racecourse will be in this crisis and we look forward to welcoming racing fans again when it is safe.

    Royal Ascot is generally attended by around 300,000 racing enthusiasts
Royal Ascot is generally attended by around 300,000 racing enthusiasts

“Meanwhile, our thoughts are with those who are grieving and suffering from COVID-19. Our heartfelt thanks to our wonderful NHS staff, key staff and volunteers for all their selfless dedication. “

There are eight group races, one of the 22 group races registered for the meeting: Queen Anne pickets, King’s Stand pickets, St James’s Palace pickets, Prince of Wales darts, Gold Cup, Commonwealth Cup, Coronation caps and Diamond Jubilee stakes.

Under normal circumstances, he could have expected to attract runners from around the world to compete for many of the biggest prizes of the summer.

After the British Horseracing Authority announced on March 17 that racing will be suspended until the end of April, Ascot issued a statement that it “is considering a range of options” regarding its summer schedule.

In addition to all racing enthusiasts, the 150 full-time course employees are generally inflated by approximately 6,500 temporary agents.

Last year there were also 37 live music numbers and the decor included five kilometers of banners. More than 20,000 flowers and shrubs were repelled and planted specially for the meeting.

The race took place for the first time in Ascot over 300 years ago and the Royal Meeting, as we now know, took shape with the introduction of the Gold Cup in 1807. The royal procession dates back to 1825.

In countries like America and Australia, races continue to take place behind closed doors.

The matches at Taunton and Wetherby were the first in England to take place behind closed doors on March 16 before all racing in Britain was suspended.

Exactly three months later, we hope that Ascot can reproduce this.


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