Racing loses that sinking feeling with resumption on June 1
London: Horse racing's planned resumption on June 1 in England is an opportunity for the 'Sport of Kings' as it is "only so long you can tread water before you sink", Qatar Racing's manager David Redvers told AFP.
Newcastle will host the first meeting behind closed doors since racing was suspended on March 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
That will serve as an appetiser before it really kicks into gear with the first classics -- races for three year-olds only -- the 1000 and 2000 Guineas to be run at Newmarket on the first weekend of June.
Flat racing's showpiece meeting Royal Ascot it is hoped will follow shortly afterwards on June 16.
However, it will do so without racegoers, including its most notable attendee Queen Elizabeth II who although presently residing in adjacent Windsor Castle will miss it for the first time since 1952.
Racecourses have been taking a heavy hit with the Racecourse Association estimating they are losing over £8 million ($9.7 million) a month. Redvers, though, is just thankful Qatar Racing's silks and those of their rivals will be once again seen in competitive action. - AFP