A MASSIVE 369 horses have been entered for next week's comeback meeting Newcastle, as UK racing makes its much-awaited return after an 11-week absence.
That's how desperate trainers are to get back into business, after being locked down by the coronavirus outbreak since March 17.
A bumper 10-race card is scheduled for Newcastle's all-weather meeting on Monday (June 1), which will be played out in front of empty grandstands, as a result of large social gatherings still banned by Government.
Only essential personnel are allowed on course, with no owners or sponsors admitted and all those essential personnel who attend will have to be pre-registered.
This includes filling in a health questionnaire - something which must be repeated by the signatory every seven days, if they are looking to attend multiple fixtures.
Once at the track, everyone will face temperature testing. If they test over 37.8deg after two attempts admittance will be denied.
Most races will be limited to 12 runners in the first fortnight, the exceptions being prestigious races at Listed Level and above.
There are no plans for jumps racing to make its return before July.