Monday, 13 April 2020

Date Set for British Horse Racing Resumption

BHA plan for racing to restart on Flat to limit demand on NHS during coronavirus

The British Horseracing Authority is working towards racing resuming on May 1, as the UK continues its coronavirus lockdown to stop the spread of Covid-19

Horse racing chiefs plan to restart the sport with Flat meetings, to reduce the demand on the NHS and emergency services.

The British Horseracing Authority's operational plan has May 1 as the aim for races to return without obstacles, as incidents are less likely from a safety aspect.

The National Hunt season finished just days after the Cheltenham Festival, to protect vital services and the health of staff working in the industry during the coronavirus outbreak.

A short trial of meetings without spectators took place and this method is due to be implemented again during the restart.

The ten-page plan from the BHA, released yesterday, says: "We are already anticipating that the initial return to racing is likely to be phased and almost certainly behind closed doors.

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