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Coronavirus pandemic set to send horse racing behind closed doors




The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has confirmed that the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic is likely to see the sport go behind closed doors in the near future.

While the governing body has not provided any specific dates, it did state that the measures will least 'initially until the end of March'.

It remains to be seen what impact this will have on Newmarket, with the Rowley Mile set to host its first meeting of the year – The bet365 Craven Meeting – from April 14-16.

Racing Newmarket Rowley Mile. Picture: Mark Westley
Racing Newmarket Rowley Mile. Picture: Mark Westley

The BHA chief executive Nick Rust said: “Racing has worked hard to look after our customers and our staff by following the government’s guidance and taking proportionate action.

“We will agree plans to limit attendance to participants and staff only at race meetings from this week and put in place the contingency plans developed by the industry.”