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Newmarket's Cambridgeshire Meeting reduced to a capacity of 1,000 spectators




The Jockey Club will discuss with local authorities before making a decision on pilot racedays involving limited crowds at Newmarket later this month.

It comes after the government announced a tightening of restrictions and a ‘rule of six’ , preventing gatherings of more than six people unless in government-approved circumstances.

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has subsequently indicated that the pilot racedays on September 24, 25 and 26 at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile may still be able to go ahead, but with extra restrictions, includint a reduction in the capacity limit to 1,000 people.

The Rowley Mile is set to welcome back spectators later this month. Picture: Ed Whittaker
The Rowley Mile is set to welcome back spectators later this month. Picture: Ed Whittaker

In a statement The Jockey Club said: “Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR) is due to stage two limited spectator trials this month – at Warwick Racecourse on September 21 and at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Course from September 24-26.

“Following updated government guidance, JCR understands that the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) supports the pilots going ahead with a new capacity limit of 1,000 people on site and a range of health and safety measures that are already planned to be in place.

“JCR will now discuss this central government update with the respective local authorities before making a further announcement.”

The statement added that those who have already purchased tickets for the Cambridgeshire Meeting will be contacted shortly with regards to refunds.