BHA confident Newcastle will receive government go-ahead

BHA confident Newcastle will receive government go-ahead


BHA confident Newcastle will receive Government go-ahead to resume racing with a maximum 120 runners declared for the 10 races on Monday

  • Final declarations made for the first British meeting since March 17
  • A maximum 120 runners will line up at Newcastle on Monday in 10 races 
  • Racing looks set to receive the green light from the Government on Saturday

Racing looks set to receive the green light from the Government on Saturday to become the first major professional sport to return.

Final preparations this have week have been undertaken to a backdrop of both anticipation and caution.

The return of racing for the first time since March 17 took another step when 120 declarations were made for 10 races in the first fixture at Newcastle on Monday.

The return of racing for the first time since March 17 took another step on Friday

A BHA spokesman said: ‘We’re counting down the hours to the return of racing and looking forward to official confirmation from the UK Government after it has published its guidelines for the resumption of sport in the next day or so.

‘The long break is nearly over. This morning, we’ve been busy processing the declarations received for Newcastle’s fixture on June 1 and we are now implementing our new medical screening procedures to ensure we safeguard those who plan to be there on Monday for racing’s return.’

Trainers from around the country will be represented on Monday, including Newmarket-based champion trainer John Gosden who has three runners.

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy has three rides. Frankie Dettori is set to return to action at Kempton on Tuesday.



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