Royal Ascot 2020

Royal Ascot Ante-Post Portfolio


So Royal Ascot 2020 is not only behind closed doors, an already watered-down version, but now they’ve diluted it further still adding extra races to the 5-days.
I am going to sound like an old grump but I aint overly happy with it.
It will be hard enough as it is with no form for the season and we now have six extra races, four of them handicaps to deal with! There will now be seven races on each of the first four days and the Saturday is now an eight-race card. One of the beauties of Royal Ascot was the old fashioned if you will six-race cards, all top-quality stuff, and I could have suffered the jigging around of the running order (we’ve had that before) but with, I would argue pointless extra races, 2020 is not going to go down as a vintage year with me.  
The 7f Buckingham Palace Handicap returns to the meeting having been binned out a few years back and as I understand it the other races are consolation races for the Royal Hunt Cup and Wokingham handicap plus three new races for this year only the 1m6f Copper Horse Handicap, the 1m2f Golden Gates Handicap and the 5f Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap.
I will be getting involved, of course I will, and no doubt a certain amount of the usual excitement will build-up in me over the coming weeks by why add races to it? It just doesn't make sense to me though it is reported the new race names have been approved by the Queen so Liz must be on-board with it all.  Anyhow, it's happening and the 2020 running order can be found below: 

Tuesday  

Buckingham Palace Handicap (7f, 3yo+)  
Queen Anne Stakes (1m, Group One, 4yo+)
Ribblesdale Stakes (1 1/2m, Group Two, 3yo fillies)
King Edward VII Stakes (1 1/2m, Group Two, 3yo colts & geldings)
King’s Stand Stakes (5f, Group One, 3yo+)
Duke of Cambridge Stakes (1m, Group Two, 4yo+ fillies and mares)  
Ascot Stakes Handicap (2 1/2m, 4yo+)  

Wednesday  

Silver Royal Hunt Cup Handicap (1m, 3yo+)  
Hampton Court Stakes (10f, Group Three, 3yo)
King George V Handicap (1 1/2m, 3yo)
Prince of Wales’s Stakes (10f, Group One, 4yo+)
Royal Hunt Cup Handicap (1m, 3yo+)
Windsor Castle Stakes (5f, Listed, 2yo)  
Copper Horse Handicap (1 3/4m, 4yo+)  

Thursday

Golden Gates Handicap (10f, 3yo)  
Wolferton Stakes (10f, Listed, 4yo+)
Jersey Stakes (7f, Group Three, 3yo)
Chesham Stakes (7f, Listed, 2yo)
Gold Cup (2 1/2m, Group One, 4yo+)
Britannia Handicap (1m, 3yo colts & geldings)
Sandringham Handicap (1m, 3yo, fillies)  

Friday  

Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap (5f, 3yo)  
Albany Stakes (6f, Group Three, 2yo fillies)
Norfolk Stakes (5f, Group Two, 2yo)
Hardwicke Stakes (1 1/2m, Group Two, 4yo+)
Commonwealth Cup (6f, Group One, 3yo colts & fillies)
Queen’s Vase (1 3/4m, Group Two, 3yo)  
Duke of Edinburgh Handicap (1 1/2m, 3yo+)  

Saturday  

Silver Wokingham Handicap (6f, 3yo+)  
Queen Mary Stakes (5f, Group Two, 2yo fillies)
Coronation Stakes (1m, Group One, 3yo fillies)
Coventry Stakes (6f, Group Two, 2yo)
St James’s Palace Stakes (1m, Group One, 3yo colts)
Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6f, Group One, 4yo+)
Wokingham Handicap (6f, 3yo+)
Queen Alexandra Stakes (2 3/4m, Conditions, 4yo+)