Ascot reveals permanent change to schedule for Royal meeting in June with seven races on each day

Ascot reveals permanent change to schedule for Royal meeting in June with seven races on each day of the five-day meetingRoyal Ascot will have seven races on each of its five days in JuneThe races added to last season’s Covid-affected fixture have been retained A new race called the Kensington Palace Stakes has been added to the scheduleBy Marcus Townend for the Daily Mail Published: 22:48 GMT, 18 January 2021 | Updated: 23:06 GMT, 18 January 2021 Royal Ascot will have seven races on each of its five days in June after some of the races which were added to last season’s Covid-affected fixture were retained.The Copper Horse Stakes, Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes and Golden Gates Stakes, alongside the reinstated Buckingham Palace Stakes, will all be staged again.A new race called the Kensington Palace Stakes — a mile handicap for fillies and mares aged four and older — has also been added. Races which were…

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Police launch probe after drone crashes near Chepstow racecourse during Welsh Grand National meeting

Police launch probe after drone crashes near Chepstow racecourse during Welsh Grand National meetingDrone crashed onto land belonging to Chepstow racecourse on Saturday Incident reignites safety concerns over drones being flown close to racetracks  The pictures can used by or sold to punters who bet 'in-running' during the race By Marcus Townend for the Daily Mail Published: 22:25, 11 January 2021 | Updated: 22:43, 11 January 2021 Gwent Police have confirmed they are investigating an incident in which a drone crashed on to land belonging to Chepstow racecourse during Saturday's Welsh Grand National meeting.It is understood that no horses or jockeys were in danger but the matter will reignite safety concerns over drones being flown close to racetracks by people motivated by betting.Racemail has highlighted how cameras mounted on drones are regularly flown around racecourses, with the pictures used by or sold to punters who bet 'in-running' during the race. Chepstow incident has reignited safety concerns over…

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Skelton reaps reward of focus on quality after five winners at Kempton’s Christmas meeting

Trainer Dan Skelton reaps reward of focus on quality after securing five winners at Kempton's prestigious Christmas meetingNube Negra inflicted an emphatic defeat on Altior in the Desert Orchid ChaseShan Blue extended his unbeaten sequence over fences with a decisive victory Skelton now a place behind Nicholls in the Jump Trainers’ championship raceBy Marcus Townend for the Daily Mail Published: 22:23, 3 January 2021 | Updated: 22:23, 3 January 2021 Validation is the word Dan Skelton says best sums up the feeling he felt after training five winners at Kempton’s prestigious two-day Christmas meeting.The successes of Nube Negra, who beat Altior in the Desert Orchid Chase, and Shan Blue in the Grade One Kauto Star Novices’ Chase in particular underlined that Skelton’s re-focus on quality at his Warwickshire stable is bearing fruit.Only former boss Paul Nicholls stands above Skelton in the Jump Trainers’ championship race and with a clutch of leading ante-post fancies for the…

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Cheltenham’s New Year’s Day meeting under threat due to heavy rain

Cheltenham's New Year's Day meeting under threat with part of the track waterlogged and more rain expectedThe meeting is set to feature the Relkeel Hurdle and Dipper Novices' ChaseHeavy rain has caused part of the Cheltenham Racecourse to be waterloggedThey are hoping for the track to improve though more rain is expected  By Marcus Townend for the Daily Mail Published: 22:30, 28 December 2020 | Updated: 22:30, 28 December 2020 Cheltenham's televised New Year’s Day meeting, featuring the Relkeel Hurdle and Dipper Novices’ Chase, is in jeopardy with part of the track waterlogged.Clerk of the course Simon Claisse said: ‘The course is very wet. We will need to see a significant improvement between now and Friday.We will make a decision tomorrow about an inspection. Cheltenham's televised New Year's Day meeting is under threat due to torrential rain‘The meeting is currently in jeopardy. We have had 110mm of rain in the last 14 or 15 days,…

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Frankie Dettori to miss York’s Ebor meeting after opting to ride in France this weekend

Frankie Dettori to miss York's Ebor meeting after opting to ride in France this weekend despite new Covid-19 travel rulesFrance to join UK's quarantine list from 4am on Saturday after coronavirus spikeAnyone travelling back across the Channel will need to quarantine for 14 daysDespite new Covid-19 travel rules, Dettori opted to travel to DeauvilleBy Marcus Townend for the Daily Mail Published: 22:52 BST, 14 August 2020 | Updated: 22:52 BST, 14 August 2020 Frankie Dettori admits he is ‘gutted’ to be missing next week’s four-day Ebor meeting at York while he quarantines after deciding to ride in France on Saturday and Sunday.Despite new Covid-19 travel rules being imposed by the Government from 4am on Saturday morning, Dettori opted to go to Deauville.Principally, he has gone to ride French Derby winner Mishriff in Saturday’s Group Two Prix Guillaume D’Ornano and St James’s Palace Stakes winner Palace Pier in Sunday's Group One Prix Jacques Le Marois for his…

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Yarmouth fixture switched to Wolverhampton after Monday’s meeting was abandoned

Yarmouth fixture switched to Wolverhampton after Monday's meeting was abandoned due to fatal fall and jockey suffering serious injuryMonday's meeting at Yarmouth was called off after just three races A deputation of senior jockeys and officials found 'inconsistent ground' A further inspection of the track on Tuesday did not uncover any problems  By Sam Turner For Mailonline Published: 17:41 BST, 4 August 2020 | Updated: 17:41 BST, 4 August 2020 The fixture scheduled for Yarmouth on Friday has been switched to Wolverhampton following concerns over the surface at the seaside venue.Racing on Monday was called off after three races due to a fatal fall to the Amy Murphy-trained Lord Chapelfield in race three, an incident which left Gabriele Malune carried off the track on a stretcher and taken to hospital.A deputation of senior jockeys and officials found 'inconsistent ground' on Monday, although Tuesday's inspection by senior course officials and the BHA Inspectorate uncovered nothing untoward according to…

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Doncaster seeks to become the next pilot for crowd trial at next month’s St Leger meeting

Doncaster seeks to become the next pilot for crowd trial at next month's St Leger meetingPlans for 5,000 fans at Goodwood were scrapped due to government guidelinesYork have also cancelled plans for spectators at their four-day Ebor MeetingDoncaster want to test next stage in the return of crowds at St Leger meetingBy Marcus Townend For The Mail On Sunday Published: 22:00 BST, 1 August 2020 | Updated: 22:00 BST, 1 August 2020 Doncaster want to test the next stage in the return of crowds to British racecourses at next month’s St Leger meeting.Plans for 5,000 spectators to attend Saturday’s final day of Glorious Goodwood were scrapped after Boris Johnson postponed the easing of restrictions by a fortnight, which cost the course a ‘six-figure sum’, said managing director Adam Waterworth.York have cancelled plans for spectators at their four-day Ebor Meeting, which starts on August 19. Doncaster want to test the next stage in the return of crowds…

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BHA confirm meeting at Leicester on Tuesday WILL go ahead despite Covid-19 concerns across city

BHA confirm meeting at Leicester on Tuesday WILL go ahead despite Covid-19 measures being re-imposed in cityRacing will take place at Leicester on Tuesday despite concerns over Covid-19The track meeting last Tuesday took place despite criticism and withdrawalsThe BHA has held discussions with authorities and confirmed they will proceed By Marcus Townend for MailOnline Published: 00:34 BST, 4 July 2020 | Updated: 00:34 BST, 4 July 2020 Tuesday's meeting at Leicester will go ahead, the BHA have confirmed.The meeting at the track last Tuesday had to be run without starting stalls because the majority of stalls handlers refused to work at the fixture after the city of Leicester had COVID-19 restrictions re-imposed after a surge in the infection rate.A number of trainers pulled their horses out and were critical of the meeting going ahead. Racing went ahead at Leicester last Tuesday despite the refusal of most stall handlers to workRaceTech, who provide the stalls team,…

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Mick Appleby criticised Tuesday’s meeting in Leicester after a spike of Covid-19 infections

Local trainer Mick Appleby strongly criticised the decision to stage Tuesday's meeting Leicester after the city had restrictions re-imposed after a spike of Coronavirus infectionsTrainer Mick Appleby criticised the decision to stage Tuesday's Leicester meetAppleby was concerned over safety following a spike of Coronavirus infections  Fellow trainers such as Chelsea Banham and Alan King also withdrew horsesBy Marcus Townend for the Daily Mail Published: 22:32 BST, 30 June 2020 | Updated: 22:32 BST, 30 June 2020 Local trainer Mick Appleby strongly criticised the decision to stage Tuesday's meeting Leicester after the city had restrictions re-imposed after a spike of Coronavirus infections.Appleby, along with fellow trainers Chelsea Banham, Alan King, Graeme McPherson and David O'Meara, all withdrew horses citing COVID-19 concerns.With only four out of the 11 in the stall handlers team also agreeing to work at the track, all races had to be started by Flip tape. Trainer Mick Appleby strongly criticised the decision to stage Tuesday's meeting…

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Royal Ascot prize money cut from £8.1m to £3.7m due to staging five-day meeting without fans

Royal Ascot prize money cut from £8.1m to £3.7m this year due to staging five-day meeting without fans because of the coronavirus crisisRoyal Ascot will remain a five-day meeting and take place behind closed doorsThere will be seven races on the first four days, with eight on the final dayAround 70 per cent of revenue is from public admissions, including hospitality Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19By Marcus Townend for the Daily Mail Published: 22:02 BST, 4 June 2020 | Updated: 23:23 BST, 4 June 2020 Royal Ascot prizemoney has been slashed by more than 50 per cent as the track prepares to stage this season’s meeting with no crowds and the majority of its income streams turned off.Prizemoney at the five-day meeting, which starts on June 16, was due to be £8.1miilion, with the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and Prince of Wales’s Stakes being the royal meeting’s first races worth £1m.But total purses…

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