Packed new Royal Ascot schedule released

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Plans have been released for Royal Ascot, which it’s hoped will feature 36 races over five days between June 16-20.

Organisers have announced the new Royal Ascot schedule, which is still set to run in mid-June, pending approval from the government.

There will be seven races on the first four days, with eight on the final day in a packed meeting behind closed doors, which also includes six extra races being added across the five days.

There is a planned return for the Buckingham Palace Handicap, which was replaced by the Commonwealth Cup in 2015, and that race is set to open the prestigious meeting this year.

“We are most grateful to the BHA’s [British Horseracing Authority] race-planning team for their assistance in framing the additional races for this exceptional renewal of Royal Ascot,” said Nick Smith, Ascot’s director of racing and public affairs.

“We hope these extra opportunities will be welcomed by horsemen, broadcasters and the public at home.

“We are of course taking nothing for granted in terms of [the] government’s final approval to permit behind-closed-doors sporting events from 1 June.”

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