Talking Horses: packed provisional schedule, planned plus Hong Kong tips


The BHA has arranged a series of Classic trials and Pattern races later this month should racing be allowed to return

A series of rearranged Classic trials and Pattern races have been scheduled for the last two weekends in May if racing is allowed to resume later this month, as the British Horseracing Authority seeks to rescue as much of the Flat season as possible once the current lockdown is eased. Thirty-five Listed and Group races due to be run in May have also been formally abandoned, however, taking the total number of Pattern races lost so far in 2020 to 54.

The schedule, drawn up by members of the Flat Pattern Committee, would see the Greenham Stakes and Craven Stakes, two major trials for the 2,000 Guineas, taking place on different days over the weekend of 23-24 May. The Nell Gwyn Stakes and Fred Darling Stakes, trials for the 1,000 Guineas, would be staged the same weekend, along with five more Group Three events including the Brigadier Gerard Stakes and the Sagaro Stakes, a trial for the Ascot Gold Cup.

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