Glorious Goodwood is set to be among the first major horse racing fixtures to welcome racegoers back – with tickets now on sale ahead of the July event.
Racing is Britain's second-biggest spectator sport behind football – and all horseracing fixtures in England must currently take place behind closed doors and without fans.
Last year, during unprecedented times, the whole of Glorious Goodwood was held behind closed doors as COVID-19 took hold of the nation.
But this year, hopes are high that something like a full crowd may be allowed.
The picturesque South Downs will be the venue for some classic races, which will include Battaash's bid for a fifth King George Stakes, as well as a bid by Stradivarius to win the Goodwood Cup for the fifth time.
Adam Waterworth, managing director at Goodwood Racecourse, is hoping to be back to full capacity for the five-day Glorious Goodwood Festival, which runs from July 27-31.
"It's still a case of digesting what the Prime Minister said – but it sounds like great news," he said.
"From our point of view, as important or more important, is the idea that hopefully from June 21 the idea is of a full return to normality, with all restrictions gone.
"I've listened to the statement and I've read the response, but I've not had the chance to study it in any detail yet – but at face value, if that means we're back to full crowds by the end of June, then for the big meeting at Goodwood, that's fantastic for Glorious."
Meanwhile, officials at York Racecourse have also welcomed the news they could be able to admit a full crowd to the Ebor Festival in August.
William Derby, Clerk of the Course and Chief Executive at York Racecourse said: "Racegoers have been starved of live racing action for over a year now, and this is something for all our fans to look forward to.
"Being large open-air venues, we have the space and capacity to make sure everyone feels happy about being back.
"We can't wait to join racegoers in seeing top-class racing action, sharing those moments and experiences that can return, with the hoped-for easing of protocols."
Goodwood and York Racecourse are keen to stress that all bookings will come with both a money-back guarantee and the assurance that the venues will observe whatever COVID-19 measures are expected at the time of the race days.
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