RACING TO RETURN

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Date announced for resumption of the sport behind closed doors. 

Horse racing anticipates starting behind closed doors on 1 June.

The sport has been on hold since 18 March due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has been working towards producing a detailed plan of preparation by yesterday (18 May).   

“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,” said a BHA spokesman.

“In the same manner, strict measures will be applied on racedays.” 

The public will be banned from meetings with attendance limited to people required to deliver the fixture – such as jockeys, stable staff, racecourse personnel and officials. 

Vaccination app

Among the innovations likely to be adopted is the Weatherbys Vaccination App.

Once a horse’s vaccination history has been uploaded and pre-cleared by the BHA, the app is used to help maintain social distancing between stable staff and officials on racedays. 

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