Phil Thomas sets the scene as racing returns in Britain at Newcastle on Monday

HA’WAY the lads…crack open a Newcy brown and get set for a night on the Toon like never before.

Okay, to be totally accurate it will be an afternoon, and you’ll have to be content with a seat in front of the telly – but you know what I mean.

After 76 days, although it seems so much longer, horse racing will lead British sport out of lockdown at long, long last.

June has always been Gosforth Park’s biggest month of the year. That’s when 30,000 mad for it Geordies pile in for the Northumberland Plate, and show the nation how to have fun.

This time the stands will be empty, hangovers will be home-induced and no ticker tape of losing betting slips fluttering around the silver ring.

But June 1, 2020 will still go down as the most momentous day Newcastle racecourse has ever seen. The day the sport of kings wore its crown with pride.

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