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Government says professional sport can resume behind closed doors from June 1

Horse racing will not resume until at least June 1 after today's announcement from the government regarding professional sport.

Earlier this month the British Horseracing Authority announced provisional plans for the sport to resume over the weekend of May 23-24 – a date that included the likes of the traditionally Newmarket-run Craven Stakes.

However, in the latest plans outlined by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, no professional sport is permitted to take place in the United Kingdom before June.

Racing at Newmarket. Picture: Mark Westley
Racing at Newmarket. Picture: Mark Westley

In a 50-page document released this afternoon, it confirmed the government was looking at 'permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed-doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact' – yet not until the current month was out.

Newmarket Racecourses recently confirmed that it would be keen to be one of the venues to host meetings once racing is able to return.