The return of racing sees an action-packed fortnight in June, with both the 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas preceding five spectacular days at Royal Ascot. We give you the lowdown on what to look out for!
There were no celebratory hugs and trainers and jockeys wore masks as French racing resumed under the shadow of coronavirus at the fabled Longchamp racecourse on Monday.
While France's Ligue 1 football and Top 14 rugby leagues have been cancelled until September, racing benefitted from being quixotically labelled an agricultural pursuit.
It restarted only after reported last minute lobbying persuaded President Emmanuel Macron to give it the go-ahead.
However, strict rules were laid down including being held behind closed doors, a far cry from the near 50,000 crowd that greeted Waldgeist, the winner of Europe's most prestigious race the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, last October.
Longchamp put on a 10-race card with several Group races whilst there were also meetings at Toulouse, Compiegne and a trotting fixture as well.
The 8th of December 2019 will live long in the memory for all at Fitzdares. Not only did Jacqueline Jossa beat Andy Whyment to win I’m A Celeb but we sponsored the 50th running of the iconic Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon racecourse.
The build up started back in September with the announcement of the aptly named ‘Best Mate Bonus’. It was a simple idea conceived in the office one summer afternoon. Half a million pounds to any horse that can win the Fitzdares Peterborough Chase, the King George VI at Kempton and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Simple, eh? Well, no. Only one horse, Best Mate, has ever achieved such glory. But still, people love to dream.
You should always expect the unexpected in sport, even when the miracles of 2019 are staring you down.
There are some racehorses’ names which resonate with the public and racing community long after their careers are over. Hunters of Brora is one of them.