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Talking Horses: A socially distanced Royal Ascot in the 2021 social calendar

The showpiece Royal meeting next June will take place with social distancing measures still in force, believes the track’s CEO

The many challenges that still lie ahead for racing as it recovers from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic were placed in sharp relief on Wednesday when Ascot, Britain’s most popular course by attendance, said it anticipates a “significant pre-tax loss in 2021” and that its showpiece Royal meeting next June will take place with social distancing measures still in force.

The five days of Royal Ascot in 2019 attracted nearly 300,000 racegoers, out of an annual total of around 550,000 spectators for the track’s 25 afternoons of racing (a figure that excludes Champions Day in October, which is run under an “industry” banner).

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