Key dates to take note of ahead of the restart of racing in Britain and Ireland


June 1st

After what seems a lifetime without British racing the first card is back at Newcastle with eight races across the day on the all weather.

June 2nd

Newcastle are back in the spotlight in the Tuesday with back to back meetings which features two decent sprint contests over five furlongs.

There is not just the one meeting on Tuesday with Kempton also getting back in the swing of things and giving the south of the country some racing on the all weather.

June 3rd

With the return of racing already having eaten into some of the flat season we will be playing catch up to cram all of the big races into the schedule.

With that in mind the BHA have put together a mouth watering run of meetings during June and on the Wednesday that starts to take place with the two Group Three races at Kempton.

The Group 3 Classic Trial (2.45) and the Listed EBF Snowdrop Fillies' Stakes (3.45), will take place at Kempton, with Yarmouth staging the first bit of racing on turf with a nine race card on the evening.

June 4th

Newcastle will stage their third meeting in just four days and the feature race across the meeting is the Group 3 Pavilion Stakes which last year was won by the star sprinter Calyx.

Newmarket could also start their 2020 campaign off on Thursday and the meeting will be aimed at showing off the new two year olds that will be having there first runs of their careers.

June 5th

The BHA released a statement and list of Pattern races that will take place across June to get the British racing Industry back up and running as soon and as efficiently possible.

Newmarket are set to host the first Group One event of the season with the Coronation Cup which should have been ran at Epsom.

The Suffolk based track will also stage the Group 3 Abernant Stakes (2.25) and the Listed Paradise Stakes (3.00), ordinarily run at Ascot. 

Lingfield will get their first bit of racing and the two big events on the card are the Listed Oaks and Derby Trials (2.40/3.15) which last year saw the Derby and Oaks winners.

June 6th

The first Saturday with racing back in Britain and what an action packed day the BHA have set up for racing fans with Newmarket taking centre stage with the first day of the Guineas meeting.

The first Classic of the season, the Qipco 2,000 Guineas (3.35), will take place on a mouthwatering card at Newmarket, which will also stage the Group 2 Dahlia Fillies Stakes (2.25), now run over 1m2f, and the Group 3 Palace House Stakes (1.50).

Also on Saturday, Newcastle host another bumper card on the all weather with the the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes (3.15) looking to be a hot contest.

Lingfield also host a day of racing.

June 7th

It is Sunday fun day at Newmarket with the second day of the Guineas meeting with the turn of the fillies in the 1000 Guineas and Roger Charlton's Quadrilateral currently leading the Classic market.

Also on that card there are two Listed contests: the Buckhounds Stakes (1.50) and the EBF Pretty Polly Fillies' Stakes (3.00).

Haydock also get in on the act and host their first meeting of the season with the rescheduled Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes relocating from Sandown and taking place on the Sunday.

June 8th

Racing in Ireland is set to resume on the second Monday of the month and Naas will take centre stage across the pond with Aidan O'Brien looking to get his tally of winners up and running for the season.

In Britain, we are well and truly back into the normality of the racing calendar with meetings at Haydock, Lingfield and Chelmsford, which stages its first meeting of the season.

June 9th

Leopardstown get back into action and head straight into the deep end with the 1,000 Guineas Trial, the first Irish Group race in the revised schedule, and the Listed 2,000 Guineas Trial.

The BHA will publish a revised fixture list of races covering the period June 9-30 by May 22nd.

June 10th

Ireland are taking the stance of hosting at least one meeting a day where Britain are yet to put this parameter into action and with that in mind Navan is the only place to see racing take place.

June 11th

For the first three weeks of racing in Ireland, they will be restricted to nine tracks to minimise travel and spread of the virus and on the first Friday Gowran will stage racing.

June 12th

Racing returns to the Curragh and Ireland sees its first bit of Group One action with the Irish 2000 Guineas that was won by British raider Phoenix Of Spain last season.

The track will also run the Group Two Ridgewood Pearl Stakes and get ready for another day of black type action on Sunday.

June 13th

The second Irish Classic of the season takes place with the 1000 Guineas being the feature event on the Curragh card alongside the Group Two Mooresbridge Stakes and a pair of Group 3s. 


Leopardstown is back with action with two meetings in a short space of time and they host two Listed events on the card with the Saval Beg and Noblesse Stakes. 

June 15th

Since Ireland first got racing back on the 8th of June they are set to stage two meetings on the same day with Roscommon and Fairyhouse looking to host decent looking cards.

June 16th

The feature meeting of the 2020 flat season is set to start on June 16th with Royal Ascot running until June 20th with some changes to the usual race orders.

Royal Ascot will take place behind closed doors.

June 17th

After a small break of a day in Ireland due to the start of the royal meeting, Limerick host a stellar card with the feature being the Listed Martin Molony Stakes and Gowran Park also offer a bumper day of racing.

June 18th

The third day of Royal Ascot will take place on the Thursday with the Gold Cup being the feature event on the card like every year.

Fairyhouse offer a meeting for Irish fans.

June 19th

it will be the penultimate day of the royal meeting with the two big Group Ones on the card being the Commonwealth Cup and Coronation Stakes.

Tipperary and Gowran continue the Irish racing calendar , which stages the Listed Victor McCalmont Stakes for fillies and mares. 

June 20th

The final day of Royal Ascot sees the feature Diamond Jubilee Stakes that was won by Blue Point last season who managed to do the Group One double at the meeting last season.

Naas host the only meeting in Ireland with the Listed Polonia and Sole Power Stakes the big races on the card.

June 21st

Leopardstown host another feature meeting and the Group 3 Blue Wind Stakes, which is usually contested at Naas, is the big race on the card.

June 22nd-25th

Ireland during these few days are not set to stage any Pattern contests but jump racing will return at Limerick (22nd) and Roscommon (24th).

June 26th

The Curragh hosts one of its most favourable meeting of the season with three days of superb action that culminates with the Irish Derby.

Tipperary also host one of its first jumps cards of the season.

June 27th

It is Irish Derby day and with the third Classic of the season set to see the best of the Irish there could be another big priced winner like last year with Sovereign for Aidan O'Brien.

The action does not end there with the Group 2 Greenlands Stakes and the Group 3 Alleged Stakes, as well as the first juvenile Pattern race on the revised calendar, the Listed First Flier Stakes. 

June 28th

The Curragh is at the centre of the Irish racing scene again with some big races again set to take pace with the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes, as well as the Group 3 Vintage Crop and Rockingham Handicap. 

June 29th

Limerick and Kilbeggan bring the racing world back to reality after a week of non stop top class action, with jumps and flat both being shown off.

Other Big Events

Epsom racecourse have managed to retain the Derby meeting this season and it will be staged on July 4th along with the Oaks meeting.

With the event taking place on this Saturday it has meant that Sandown's feature Coral Eclipse has been pushed back to Sunday July 5th and will only be open to four-year-olds and older horses.

The majority of black type races in Ireland have maintained their usual slots, including the Irish Oaks on July 18th.

The big exception to this is the Tattersalls Gold Cup won by Magical last season, which has been moved from May to July.

Irish jumps fans are also not set to miss out on the Galway Summer Festival Galway Plate set to go ahead at a seven-day behind-closed-doors festival from July 27th.