Running order for an enhanced 36-race Royal Ascot has been unveiled
ASCOT have unveiled a mouthwatering 36-race programme for an enhanced Royal meeting.
The five-day festival is due to kick off on 16 June, with several changes to the running order and six new races.
There will be seven races staged on the first four days, with eight on the final card.
The 7f Buckingham Palace Handicap, lost from the meeting when the Commonwealth Cup was introduced five years ago, has been reintroduced and will open the card on day one.
A Silver Royal Hunt Cup and a Silver Wokingham Handicap have also been included for those who miss the cut for the main events.
Also staged this year only will be the Copper Horse Handicap for older horses over 1m6f, the Golden Gates Handicap over 1m2f for three-year-olds and the Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap, a 5f sprint for three-year-olds.
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Several races have been moved from their original slot, including the St James's Palace and Coronation Stakes which have been switched to the final day to maximise the time between them and the Guineas.
In order to provide two-year-olds with as much time as possible before the key races at Royal Ascot, the juvenile programme has been moved back with four of the six races run on the final two days.
The King Edward VII Stakes and Ribblesdale Stakes, previously Derby and Oaks consolation races, will become key Derby and Oaks Trials on the opening day – though the course have yet to confirm prize money for the meeting.
Nick Smith, Ascot director of racing and public affairs, said: "We are most grateful to the BHA's race planning team for their assistance in framing the additional races for this exceptional renewal of Royal Ascot.
Royal Ascot 2020 running order
Tuesday 16 JuneBuckingham Palace Handicap
Queen Anne Stakes
King Edward VII Stakes
King's Stand Stakes
Duke of Cambridge Stakes
Ascot Stakes Handicap
Wednesday 17 June
Silver Royal Hunt Cup Handicap
Hampton Court Stakes
King George V Handicap
Prince of Wales's Stakes
Royal Hunt Cup Handicap
Windsor Castle Stakes
Copper Horse Handicap
Thursday 18 June
Golden Gates Handicap
Friday 19 June
Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap
Duke of Edinburgh Handicap
Saturday 20 June
Silver Wokingham Handicap
Queen Mary Stakes
St James's Palace Stakes
Diamond Jubilee Stakes
Queen Alexandra Stakes
"We hope these extra opportunities will be welcomed by horsemen, broadcasters and the public at home.
"Under Ruth Quinn, a lot of work has gone into scheduling an appropriate Pattern trials programme, beginning on 3rd June, alongside an enhanced two-year-old programme.
"We are of course taking nothing for granted in terms of government's final approval to permit behind closed doors sporting events from 1 June.
"We are announcing the programme today, with the dates of the Royal Meeting already public as part of the wider schedule for resumption, so that Horsemen can begin their detailed planning."
Race two onwards from Tuesday-Friday, and race three onwards on Saturday, will be shown on ITV1 and all races will be shown on Sky Sports Racing.
The BHA are expected to announce the fixture list for the remainder of June imminently.
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