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Royal Ascot’s week of drama cannot hide racing’s bleak bottom line | Greg Wood

Fully completed five-day meeting was a triumph for organisers but with very little raceday income, financial worries remain

It was a Royal Ascot that had everything except a crowd: a performance for the ages from Stradivarius in the Gold Cup, a winner for the Queen, the biggest winning SP in the meeting’s history and a final-day flourish from Frankie Dettori to retain the prize for the week’s top jockey.

Those are just the most obvious headlines that come to mind at the end of five days that took place with unprecedented restrictions to ensure the safety of all participants amid the Covid-19 pandemic, but there were many more.

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