Last year, Royal Ascot took place, even though the start of the Flat turf season was held up until June. It was a miracle the meeting went ahead, especially for the two-year-old horses who had about ten days to gain vital race experience. Even Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and entourage stayed at home, as did the crowds.
Coronavirus has a lot to answer for but, thankfully, horse racing continued in earnest - even with the limitations imposed with regard to health and safety.
Race fans will be looking forward to having a bet on Royal Ascot 2021. From the 15th - 19th June, the best of the best thoroughbred horses, from leading owners and trainers, will be racing for not only prestige but big prize money.
Sprinterstogo is not only dedicated to sprinters but two-year-old horse racing and a number of high-profile races.
3:05 Coventry Stakes (Group 2)
This race is run over 6f. Last year saw a shock 150/1 winner in Nando Parrado, trained by Clive Cox, ridden by Adam Kirby.
In the last ten years Aidan O'Brien has won this race three times with War Command (2013), Caravaggio (2016) & Arizona (2019).
5:35 Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed Race)
This race is run over 5f. Last year is was run by Tactical trained by Andrew Balding and ridden by James Doyle.
2:30 Norfolk Stakes (Group 2)
This race is run over 5f. Last year saw Michael Bell's The Lir Jet win, ridden by Oisin Murphy. American trainer Wesley Ward has target this race with a few very speedy two-year-olds including winners No Nay Never (2013) & Shang Shang Shang (2018).
2:30 Albany Stakes (Group 3)
This race is open to two-year-old fillies racing over 6f. Last year saw an impressive winner in Dandalla, trained by Karl Burke and ridden by Ben Curtis.
2:30 Chesham Stakes (Listed Race)
This race is run over 7f. Last year Battleground won for Aidan O'Brien when ridden by Ryan Moore. It is a race O'Brien has done very well over the last year winning four times including Maybe (2011), Churchill (2016) & September (2017).
Royal Ascot 2021 is likely to be another quiet affair with the pomp and ceremony having to wait. However, with the Flat turf season scheduled to start in April this year's Ascot will give trainers' a chance to prepare for some of the most prestigious races on the calendar.
It's a race meeting to enjoy.