Horseracing in France set to be one of first sports to return in the country post-lockdown as authorities are given go-ahead by police to stage Lonchamp meeting next week
- Racing in France is on course to return behind closed doors at Longchamp
- Paris police have given permission for racing to resume next Monday
- The city is classified as one of the worst affected areas for COVID-19
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French racing moved a step closer to returning at Longchamp next Monday (May 11) after the French racing authorities were given permission to stage the meeting by Paris police.
France Galop president Edouard de Rothschild revealed on Twitter: ‘We obtained and received from the Prefecture of Police in Paris authorisation to resume racing on May 11. This is great news and a real victory!’
Concerns had been raised about returning at Longchamp with Paris being a ‘red zone’ in France, indicating it was one of the worst affected areas for COVID-19.
Racing in France is on course to return behind closed doors at Longchamp next Monday
Longchamp is planning a big start for its comeback meeting with the Group Two Prix d’Harcourt, won last year by Godolphin’s Ghaiyyath, rostered alongside major trials for the French 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas.
British racing authorities, hoping for the go-ahead for a mid-May re-start, would hope to be able to firm-up plans within 24 hours of the Government releasing some of its pathway from lockdown on Sunday.