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Suspension of horse racing extended indefinitely by BHA

The British Horseracing Authority has extended the suspension of racing in Britain, with no return date set due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The sport had previously been halted until the end of April, with the hope being that the sport could get back up and running behind closed doors in May.

However, it now remains to be seen if that will be possible following the governing body's latest statement.

Racing's suspension has been extended.
Racing's suspension has been extended.

It read: "The BHA has not set a new date for ending the suspension but plans are in place so that the sport is ready to resume as soon as is possible and appropriate in consultation with government.

"The BHA has been working with trainers, racecourses and other participants to develop a phased plan for resumption which will allow the sport to transition back to its normal fixture list later in the year. We remain in constant contact with government and are ready to respond quickly.

"Our plans continue to allow for a resumption in May, if that is possible. We assume it would be behind closed doors only, at a point when the safety of participants can be assured and the pressure on the health service allows. Tough biosecurity measures would be in place to keep any risks to a minimum.

"Because of the very strong likelihood that restrictions on mass gatherings will continue, the BHA has decided that racing with crowds will not be possible until June at the earliest. When there is greater clarity about the duration for which restrictions on crowds will apply, the BHA will communicate this to the sport, to customers and to fans."

Previous reports have suggested that Newmarket is one of the venues being considered to host some regional racing when the sport is able to return.