Earlier on Monday, the British Horseracing Authority said they’re committed to seeing that the sport resumes on 1st June. The committee also agreed to sit down and come up with a timeline to achieve this target within seven days. That comes after the publication of the government’s roadmap, which ruled out the return of any professional sport before then.
According to a statement issued by the Racing Executive committee, there’s still hope for this season’s classics to be run. This committee includes several organizations like the Racehorse Owners Association, the National Trainers Federation, the Racecourse Association and the BHA. As such, you can expect to see the Derby, Oaks, 2,000 Guineas, 1000 Guineas, and the Royal Ascot being run this year. These race tournaments might be a few weeks late than normal, but fans can still get sign up offers for Royal Ascot from all leading betting sites.
In this statement, the BHA resolved that the racing group will meet in the course of the week to ensure that the provisional fixture program and planning is in line with the new government timeline. Already, the racing group has started drafting resumption plans aimed at minimizing the participants’ risk through strict infection control and robust social distancing measures. However, further discussions between England’s public health officials and horseracing chief medical officers will continue.
Trainer Mark Johnston welcomed the news of a possible resumption with open arms, though the potential date is a few weeks later than what he would have liked. Mark has been a critical part of BHA’s approach to resume racing in a few weeks, and he also called for CEO Nick Rust’s resignation.
Since racing was suspended on 17th March, the BHA has been trying to stage races under strict quarantine conditions. Reportedly, the authority is planning to stage races at courses with on-site hotels to house race-day staff and jockeys. The authority also published a schedule for the first seven days after resuming, with 13 meetings hosted in unnamed courses all over the country.
The Pattern Committee, which handles the top-level racing program, also published a high-class racing schedule for the two-weekends at the end of May. The schedule includes several traditional classic trials, happening before the rescheduled Guineas competition happening in June. Additionally, Monday’s roadmap showed a possibility of paying fans not being able to access the racecourses for several months.
According to the strategy document, the opening of venues like Sports Stadia will only be possible if there’s a reduction in the infection cases. However, fans can still watch the races live from the comfort of their homes if things go according to the plans made by the racing committee.