May Racing | May 7th & 8th     www.ascot.co.uk 

Owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty as to when spectators will be able to return, Ascot Racecourse,  is not currently selling tickets to any Ascot racedays, with racing remaining behind closed doors until further notice.
  
The highlight of this two-day meeting takes place on Saturday 8th May. The UK Tote Group Victoria Cup, a valuable seven-furlong heritage handicap that tends to attract proven course specialists and interesting, less exposed youngsters alike. Unfortunately there was no 2020 renewal owing to the COVID-19 lockdown on British racing at the time. The most recent winner was therefore Cape Byron in 2019, who would go on to land The Wokingham Stakes a month later and it is likely that some of the 2021 participants will return to contest this, or another of Royal Ascot’s major handicaps. 
 
The Carey Group Buckhounds Stakes meanwhile is a Listed contest over a mile and a half that often provides a guide to one of the Royal Meeting’s middle-distance contests. Godolphin’s 2016 winner Elite Army for instance, finished second in The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes on his next start, two years after having won The King George V Stakes. The 2020 edition - run at Newmarket in early June following the resumption of British racing - was won by Dashing Willoughby, another former Royal Ascot winner (Group 2 Queen’s Vase, 2019) who followed up in the Group 3 Henry II Stakes at Sandown that July. 
 
Fourth to Dashing Willoughby was Trueshan, who went on to land the Group 2 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot that October, his first start over two miles