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Newmarket's Cambridgeshire Meeting will go ahead as a limited-capacity spectator trial




The limited-capacity spectator trial due to take place at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile racecourse for the Cambridgeshire Meeting from September 24-26 remains on following discussions with local public authorities and the course’s Safety Advisory Group.

The 1,000-person pilot is part of a series of trials across a range of different sports that have been approved by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport and will take place with stringent health and safety measures at the venue.

Warwick Racecourse is also due to stage a smaller spectator trial on September 21 and constructive discussions continue with local stakeholders ahead of a further statement being made.

A limited amount of spectators will be at the Rowley Mile for the Cambridgeshire Meeting. Picture: Mark Westley
A limited amount of spectators will be at the Rowley Mile for the Cambridgeshire Meeting. Picture: Mark Westley

Amy Starkey, who runs Newmarket Racecourses as east regional director for Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “We’re pleased to be working closely with local authorities to stage a limited spectator trial at the Rowley Mile over the course of the Cambridgeshire Meeting. The racecourse is a vast, predominantly outdoor environment that could safely space out several thousand people, not just the maximum 1,000 who will be in attendance with stringent health and safety measures in place.

“The Newmarket trial will provide important insights we can share across our industry and with other sports, so that when it is possible to welcome some level of spectators back to events more regularly in the future we are well equipped to do so.”