Will Royal Ascot and The Derby go ahead? Race meetings still on despite Grand National being cancelled due to coronavirus

Royal Ascot and The Derby are currently going ahead as planned but are in major doubt amid the ongoing issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

The virus has caused havoc with global sport with a host of major events being postponed or cancelled.

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Royal Ascot 2020 is still on despite the coronavirus pandemic
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The 2020 Grand National will not take place this year and a number of the year’s biggest horse-racing meets are under threat too.

Royal Ascot is set to take place from June 16 to June 20 this year while the Epsom Derby is scheduled for a fortnight before on June 6.

Both are currently still on but the situation is under constant review.

A statement from Royal Ascot read: “As you may have seen the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced (17th March) that racing will be suspended until the end of April due to the national coronavirus crisis.

“Quite clearly the pace of the government’s plan to deal with this current pandemic is accelerating rapidly.

“At this stage we ask for everyone’s patience with regards to updates relating to our subsequent race meetings, including Royal Ascot. We are considering a range of options.

“It is too early to be definitive or even speculate on how this situation will affect the summer programme. We will provide information as soon as we possibly can but we are reliant on external guidance which for obvious reasons is not in our power to accelerate.”

A brief update on March 24 added: “Following Government guidance our staff are currently working remotely and we are therefore unable to take phone calls.

“Rest assured, a member of staff will respond to your e-mail very shortly. We appreciate your consideration.

“Please take care and be safe.”

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