“It is great to see the participants finally back on the track,” said Sir AP McCoy, William Hill Racing ambassador.
“From talking to people within the sport, I know they really felt lost, and like other sports, horse racing is not the same without the spectators. Over the past few months, the lack of atmosphere has been really palpable, the simple things we took for granted like The hype in the show rings and the betting rings and the roar of the audience at the end respectively.We must also have feelings for the owners, who failed to be there to see their passengers live.
Unfortunately, the racing participants lost Cheltenham and Aintree, but it is great that they were able to take part in Royal Ascot, which remains one of the crown jewels of world racing. And like Cheltenham, he will see the British and Irish coaches go head-to-head in 36 matches.
Britannia Stakes continues to be one of the most competitive races in Royal Ascot. This race is a little more special because of what William Hill and the other BGC members are doing about the race. This year, in fact, they donated all the competition profits to some big charities. It’s a great idea, and like the great Virtual National Initiative, I hope charities get a great fortune out of the competition.”