Royal Ascot is the biggest meeting of the summer but it will look very different this year. No fans will be in attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic but some extra races have been added to the cards.
Royal Ascot offers some of the best and most exciting Flat racing in the world, with a programme that once again features eight Group 1 races.
The shape of the programme has been altered this year to ensure horses are presented with the most appropriate opportunities in line with the restructured fixture list put in place following the resumption of racing on June 1.
There are also six additional races, to provide further opportunities to owners and trainers with horses needing to run.
The opening day will feature the meeting’s key middle distance races for three-year-olds with the Ribblesdale Stakes for fillies and the King Edward VII Stakes for colts.
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These runs now act as key trials for the Epsom Classic races, with some exciting young horses in action that will go on to compete in the Oaks and Derby.
Other major changes see the two-year-old races pushed back to later in the week, allowing horses to have more time from their debut runs to the Royal Ascot pattern races.
The final day of Royal Ascot sees of the highest-quality racing days held anywhere in the world this year.
Three Group 1 races headline a strong card that also includes the showpiece two-year-old races of the meeting – the Coventry and Queen Mary Stakes.
The elite three-year-old milers will compete in the St James’s Palace Stakes for colts and Coronation Stakes for fillies, while the Diamond Jubilee Stakes sees the best sprinters battle it out.
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How to watch Royal Ascot 2020
Royal Ascot will be shown live on ITV throughout the UK.
Fans can stream the action for free via the ITV Hub app or on the broadcaster’s website.
ITV’s coverage picks up with Race 2 each day and Race 3 on Saturday.
Additional coverage is also available on Sky Sports Racing.
Existing customers can stream the racing through the Sky Go app.
Royal Ascot 2020 schedule
Day one – Tuesday, June 16
1.15pm The Buckingham Palace Stakes (Handicap) 3+ £35,000 Seven furlongs
1.50pm The Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) 4+ £250,000 One mile
2.25pm The Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2) 3 fillies £110,000 One mile, four furlongs
3.00pm The King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) 3 colts & geldings £110,000 One mile, four furlongs
3.35pm The King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1) 3+ £250,000 Five furlongs
4.10pm The Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) 4+ fillies & mares £100,000 One mile
4.40pm The Ascot Stakes (Handicap) 4+ £35,000 Two miles, four furlongs
Day 2 – Wednesday, June 17
1.15pm The Silver Royal Hunt Cup (Handicap) (A consolation race for the Royal Hunt Cup) 3+ £35,000 One mile
1.50pm The Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3) 3 £60,000 One mile, two furlongs
2.25pm The King George V Stakes (Handicap) 3 £60,000 One mile, four furlongs
3.00pm The Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1) 4+ £250,000 One mile, two furlongs
3.35pm The Royal Hunt Cup (Handicap) 3+ £75,000 One mile
4.10pm The Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed) 2 £40,000 Five furlongs
4.40pm The Copper Horse Stakes (Handicap) 4+ £35,000 One mile, six furlongs
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Day 3 – Thursday, June 18
1.15pm The Golden Gates Stakes (Handicap) 3 £35,000 One mile, two furlongs
1.50pm The Wolferton Stakes (Listed) 4+ £50,000 One mile, two furlongs
2.25pm The Jersey Stakes (Group 3) 3 £60,000 Seven furlongs
3.00pm The Chesham Stakes (Listed) 2 £40,000 Seven furlongs
3.35pm The Gold Cup (Group 1) 4+ £250,000 Two miles, four furlongs
4.10pm The Britannia Stakes (Handicap) 3 colts & geldings £60,000 One mile
4.40pm The Sandringham Stakes (Handicap) 3 fillies £60,000 One mile
Day 4 – Friday, June 19
1.15pm The Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes (Handicap) 3 £35,000 Five furlongs
1.50pm The Albany Stakes (Group 3) 2 fillies £45,000 Six furlongs
2.25pm The Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) 2 £50,000 Five furlongs
3.00pm The Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) 4+ £125,000 One mile, four furlongs
3.35pm The Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) 3 colts & fillies £250,000 Six furlongs
4.10pm The Queen’s Vase (Group 2) 3 £110,000 One mile, six furlongs
4.40pm The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) 3+ £60,000 One mile, four furlongs
Day 5 – Saturday, June 20
12.40pm The Silver Wokingham Stakes (Handicap) (A consolation race for the Wokingham Stakes) 3+ £35,000 Six furlongs
1.15pm The Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) 2 fillies £50,000 Five furlongs
1.50pm The Coronation Stakes (Group 1) 3 fillies £250,000 Old mile
2.25pm The Coventry Stakes (Group 2) 2 £60,000 Six furlongs
3.00pm The St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1) 3 colts £250,000 Old Mile
3.35pm The Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) 4+ £250,000 Six furlongs
4.10pm The Wokingham Stakes (Handicap) 3+ £75,000 Six furlongs
4.40pm The Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions) 4+ £35,000 Two miles, six furlongs
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