UK horseracing planning a return to action at start of June

HORSERACING on the flat is expected to return to action in the UK behind closed doors at the beginning of next month. A British Horseracing Authority spokesman said: "Following the UK Government’s publication of a provisional timeline for the return of sport, we are now planning for racing to resume behind closed doors on 1 June. "To support this plan, the sport will publish by Monday a timetable setting out the preparatory steps we need to work on together, prior to the return of racing, to ensure we are ready to meet that date. "This will include an outline of the processes and protocols that need to be agreed and communicated across the industry, and we will be asking for your help and support in ensuring that this “lead-in” preparation is completed as quickly as possible. "We know that significant changes have already been implemented across the industry – in training yards, at studs and on racecourses – to ensure strict adherence to social distancing measures and to help reduce the spread of the virus. "In the same manner, strict measures will be applied on race days, and the racecourses are working with the BHA’s Course Inspectors to develop and implement the necessary requirements to provide the safest possible environment for all attendees. "This includes planning for how a race day will function – including entry and exit and movement around the site – whilst maintaining social distancing. "The details of these changes will be communicated to the industry in good time, to ensure that participants, staff and officials understand the requirements that have been introduced and how they will apply during a race day". The BHA says that each meeting will be limited to only those personnel required to deliver the race fixture, with the number able to attend determined by public health restrictions in place at the time. These restrictions on attendance will be continually reviewed and gradually eased to accommodate connections, including owners, and other race day staff in line with Government guidance. There has been no horseracing in Britain since March 17, when Staffordshire Moorlands trainer Jennie Candlish sent out two winners at the Kelso jumps meeting.


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