Royal Ascot will be very different. Less pomp. No outrageous outfits. Six more races across the week than is usual. No horses from outside of the UK allowed to take part in handicaps - so expect more home bred winners than usual.
Due to the earlier suspension of racing in the UK and Ireland, many horses will arrive at Ascot without having had the benefit of a race so far this season. Not ideal preparation for the trainers. Some horses will love the fact that there are no spectators (Battaash in particular). Others might miss the crowds.
Regardless of how many . . .
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