Horse racing news Monday 3rd August 2020

Some good news announced the back end of last week by the BHA in that minimum prize money values are set to increase at all levels from 1st September, with most races at Class 2 and below to return to pre-Covid levels. From September, minimum values will increase at all levels, with the middle and grassroots tiers of British racing returning to their pre-Covid levels. For Class 1 races and Heritage Handicaps, minimum values will increase to become 75% of their levels from before the suspension.

Further good news today as it appears racing will remain on ITV for at least another three years with the drawn-out contact negotiations now finalised and being signed. I think the ITV Racing team do a good job and it has to be good news for the game that it stays on terrestrial TV. 

It's a quiet week in comparison to that just gone, in fact on Saturday it's a very a quiet Patten Race day with just a couple of Group Three’s and a Listed race here in the UK. There are some good cards on Sunday where the Curragh has the Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes whilst in France Deauville has the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest. Here in Blighty the ITV cameras are at Salisbury for the Group Three Sovereign Stakes. 

No bets for me today but remember to come back soon as a few are planned for this week all being well. 
Be lucky