ITV have taking the thought that racing is finally back in Britain after six days of no live contests to the next level by hosting one of their most exciting broadcasts of the year that will see 10 live races across Saturday.
ITV 4 viewers are in for a treat that will see a live packed schedule of racing that will see four different racecourse on show.
Ascot will be at the forefront of the day with its normal card of seven races being boosted to nine with the added and rescheduled Betfair Hurdle and Betfair Denman Chase from last weeks abandoned Newbury card and these races will be shown.
Only seven races from Ascot were supposed to be shown this weekend on ITV 4 but now racing from Wincanton with the Betway Heedyourhunch Handicap Chase and Betway Kingwell Hurdle (Grade 2) will be shown alongside the Red Mills Chase (Grade 2) from Gowran park in Ireland which will make it three weeks on the bounce that the ITV crew will have been there.
The two bigger courses that are on the roster for Saturday see two live races from Haydock with the William Hill Rendlesham Hurdle (Grade 2) and William Hill Grand National Trial (Grade 3) and then racing from Ascot that shows the feature of the day.
Alongside the already mentioned additions of Betfair Denman Chase (Grade 2) and Betfair Hurdle (Grade 3), they will also be showing the Sodexo Reynoldstown Novices' Chase (Grade 2), Keltbray Swinley Chase (Listed) and the big one to round off the broadcast with the Betfair Ascot Chase (Grade 1).
When the ban on British racing was lifted on Monday evening by the BHA the added bonus to the Ascot card sent racing fans into dreamland and got a lot of punters back into the spirit of things very quickly.
There is some changes with these additions, with the Betfair Hurdle now seeing a reduced prize fund and will go back to the original entry/weights stage with the day the weights are published staying the same.
This will be the same for all penalties incurred in certain hoses. Declarations will be set at the 24 hour stage for this race. The entries made for the four other rescheduled races across Ascot, Haydock and Sandown will now not stand and new entries will close at 12 noon on Wednesday.
These are the Kingmaker Chase, switched from Warwick last Saturday to Sandown this Friday, the Denman Chase at Ascot Saturday, and Listed mares’ races to be run at Haydock and Wincanton on Saturday.