Mike Moon
Horse racing correspondent
3 minute read
16 Jun 2020
12:39 pm

A kind of hush for magnificent Royal Ascot

Mike Moon

The Royal Ascot won't be quite the same without the gilded carriages, fashion extravaganza, and champagne picnics, but it is still a racing week to cherish

Royal Ascot will not be as special this year with no spectators and reduced prizemoney due to the impact of coronavirus recordbreaking trainer Mark Johnston told AFP . AFP/File/Adrian DENNIS

Racing fans around the world will be rejoicing that Royal Ascot 2020 is actually happening – defying the worst efforts of the cursed, antisocial coronavirus. The five-day UK race meeting that starts on Tuesday 16 June and runs through to Saturday is the most glamorous and prestigious fixture in all horse racing. It has just about the highest-quality racing on the planet, too. Of course, this year there will be no Queen Elizabeth II in attendance; and very few of her subjects, either. It is strictly “closed-doors” – no gilded carriages, no fashion extravaganza, no champagne picnics. Just horses galloping,...