For most gamblers, especially horse racing fans, 2020 will be a year to forget. Covid 19 has been a disaster for many involved in the sporting world. In fact, the Cheltenham Festival was just about the last sporting fixture until lockdown.
Should it have gone ahead or not? It's a matter of opinion but ahead it went even with criticism many punters enjoyed four days of high-class racing and then all went quiet.
Resumption of horse racing made a welcome return in June.
How many things we all have taken for granted.
In truth, it has been a year of difficulties and concerns. With the hope of a vaccine on the horizon it has brought much hope that 2021 will be a better, more prosperous year. All being well, the Flat turf season will start in April.
Before that, punters will be using the https://smartbettingguide.com/ to get their bets on for the Cheltenham Festival which starts on Tuesday 16th March 2021, four days of exceptional horse racing for those who love the best horses for the National Hunt. Big names will be heading to all those races we can't wait to enjoy including the Cheltenham Gold Cup. We will have to cross our fingers that the racecourse is open to racegoers. Perhaps it will be a smaller crowd than the normal hustle and bustle of Prestbury Park. Time will tell. However, unless there is a big shock racing will take place and it should be business as usual.
A month later, race fans will be looking forward to the Grand National that takes place on the 10th April. We've seen Tiger Roll winning two races on the trot, then a virtual Gran National, which showed we love the real thing. Will Gordon Elliott's gelding match the success of 1970s super horse Red Rum? With a poor run on his return connections have stated that he will be retired if failing to shine.
In May we will see the first two Classic races of the year with the 1,000 & 2,000 Guineas taking place at Newmarket.
On June 4th and 5th, the Oaks and Epsom Derby will be on the cards. Who will win this year's race and more importantly will you be on the winner?
Ten days after on the 15th June Royal Ascot will take place. It could well be a change for the pomp and ceremony to take place with a full house. Who knows, even Her Majesty the Queen may be watching from the Royal Box.
That in itself, would be worth three cheers.
Later in the season, we will see the remaining Classic race including on the 11th September, punters will be heading to Doncaster for the St Leger.
After the cloud of Covid 19 chasing the sunshine away from sporting venues the forecast for 2021 may start off with wintry spells, spring showers, a scorching summer of betting and an Indian summer to conclude all the big events.
Horse racing will see lots of changes in 2021, but the biggest of those will be normality.
Good luck to all this New Year and let's hope sporting venues hear the voice of spectators ringing loud and true for years to come.