The Britannia Stakes charity initiative is a great idea and I hope the various good causes enjoy a big windfall.

“It’s great to see racegoers finally returning to the racecourse

“I know from speaking to people within the sport that they have been really missed, and like other sports, horse racing isn’t the same without spectators at the venues.

“For the last few months, the lack of atmosphere has been really noticeable - the simple things that we took for granted like the buzz in the Parade Rings and Betting Rings, and the roar of the crowd on the finish straight. You also have to feel for the owners, who have missed being there to see their runners live.

“Unfortunately, racegoers missed Cheltenham and Aintree, but it’s great that they’ll be able to attend Royal Ascot – which remains one of the crown jewels of world racing. And like Cheltenham, it will see the British and Irish trainers go head-to-head in 36 races.

“One of the most competitive races at Royal Ascot is always the Britannia Stakes. It’s a mile handicap for three-year-olds, and it’s a tricky race to call. This race is a bit more special because of what William Hill and the other BGC members are doing around the race.

“This year, the [BGC] members are donating all of the profits of the race to some great charities. It’s a fantastic idea, and like the virtual grand national initiative, I hope the charities receive a big windfall from the race.”

Sir AP McCoy is William Hill Racing Ambassador

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