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In line with Government guidelines, racing closed it’s doors back in March and racing fans have been eagerly awaiting news of it starting up again. From April there were rumours of starting again as soon as the Government relaxed the lockdown with the BHA putting plans in place so that they were ready to go as soon they were given the green light.
There are plenty of new procedures put in place to make sure there is as much social distancing as possible and tests put in place to try and stop people infected with the virus coming into the racecourse. Some of these include health questionnaires before arrival, temperature checks on arrival and face masks worn in the parade rings. The BHA have realised the below video explaining the procedures they have put in place.
Flat Racing Returns
Tomorrow flat racing returns at Newcastle racecourse. As part of the social distancing measures, races are being limited to 12 horses per race. To make up for the much smaller fields in some races, plus the high number of horses desperate for a run, most fixtures are having more races on the card. A typical racecourse would have 6-8 races a day. Tomorrow Newcastle has 10 races.
Tuesday onwards there are plans for two fixtures a day at different courses each having 7-10 races each and there are currently plans for races at three different racecourses on Saturday. We also see the return up some big races this week with the 1000 and 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. All being well, BHA will start introducing more fixtures, allowing more horses to race and the industry get closer to returning to normal whilst also keeping everyone safe.
Jump racing in July
All being well, the current plan is for Jump racing to return in July. It will be interesting seeing jump racing return at this time of year as this is usually the rime of year we see jump racing wind down with lots of the horses going on their summer holidays. But with the season cut short by lockdown, how many horses went on their holidays early and how many have stayed in work and are racing fit.
Owners Group horses
I am lucky enough to have some shares in racehorses through the Owners Group syndicate system. All of mine are jump horses, however, Chez Hans is racing fit and ready to go and Paul Nichols has already said that if there is a flat race this month what looks like it would suit him, they would like to give him a run on the flat. But if not, he will be going out hurdling as soon as he can.
There are also a few other Owners Group horses entered in flat races this week, so I will be backing them too. Especially as a few of them will be have shares available soon. So they might be worth investing in!