delicious and bite-sized!

Hi everyone,

It's time to sit down and relax while we serve you this week's delicious wrap!

It's quite a busy week for news while anticipation is mounting with the scheduled date for the UK's racing restart little more than a week away, and Ireland is now following hot on our heels a week later. France's start/stop shows us that things can change very quickly and the starter hasn't raised his yellow flag quite yet.

This week's edition is a real mix of news, commentary, updates on Classic contenders as well as some educational pieces and a walk down memory lane with one of my favourite national hunt champs, we'll be back next week...

Stay safe and well
The team at Cleeve

The Final Furlong podcast

Horseracing Punter resources - The Final Furlong

The team discuss the return to racing in the UK and Ireland, and the logistics involved in Irish horses competing in the UK and vice versa, how the new schedule looks on both sides of the Irish Sea and those who are equipped to get off to a fast start to the season.


The Order Of Running for 2020 Royal Ascot
There are several alterations to the programme, including six extra races being added to the fixture, while there will be seven races staged on the first four days and eight on the final card
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Growing concern that Royal Ascot has a juvenile problem

Mike Cattermole feels racing needs to roll with the punches and that includes Royal Ascot being more flexible - and he's got a suggestion to solve the juvenile problem.

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At last... a clear roadmap!
Punter Resources - BHA fixture listThe BHA and Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) have outlined provisional schedules for racing's return in June and revised their calendars of Pattern races, including the first Classics of the season.

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Classic prize money set to take a massive hit...

Prize-money figures have just been published for the British and Irish Classics and they clearly highlight the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on 2020 sponsorship.

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Pinatubo primed and ready to take on all-comers! 

Charlie Appleby talks to RacingTV and believes Qipco 2000 Guineas favourite Pinatubo is a stronger horse and will be suited by the step up to a mile in next month’s Newmarket Classic.

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5 for your notebooks: handicappers to follow

Form expert Mark Howard gives us five handicappers to look out for once racing resumes in the UK. Given that Royal Ascot has added 6 extra handicaps to the meeting, this could be very timely!

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Denman... a true champion

Finally, I really enjoyed this look back at Denman's (AKA The Tank!) career he was definitely one of the great's for me. And he might have been the best if his career hadn't been disrupted by injury...

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