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Racing awaiting government green light to get the sport restarted




Barring any late setbacks, racing will restart in the United Kingdom on Monday.

Newcastle is set to host the first meeting in this country since March 17, when the sport was closed down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The breakthrough fixture – subject to government ratification – has been inundated with entries, with more than 350 made by Wednesday afternoon.

Newmarket Racing Rowley Mile Cambridgeshire meeting Shadwell day. Shadwell Joel Stakes (Group 2).1. Benbatl.Winning jockey: Oisin Murphy.Winning trainer: Saeed bin Suroor Picture by Mark Westley. (35357565)
Newmarket Racing Rowley Mile Cambridgeshire meeting Shadwell day. Shadwell Joel Stakes (Group 2).1. Benbatl.Winning jockey: Oisin Murphy.Winning trainer: Saeed bin Suroor Picture by Mark Westley. (35357565)

And Newmarket is likely to be well represented in the north east as the likes of John Ryan, George Scott, Marco Botti, Roger Varian, John Gosden and James Tate have all signalled their intention to run horses.

Speaking about the potential of getting racing back under way, the British Horseracing Authority’s chief regulatory officer Brant Dunshea told Racing TV: “I’m incredibly confident.

“We cannot control the government’s decision-making but we’ve been working continuously to make sure we’re in a strong position. We’re very excited and positive we’ll be ready to go from June 1.

“All the way through this process the government has recognised racing is different to other sports. The sport takes place in an outdoor environment and poses a lower level of risk to close-contact sports such as football and rugby.”

From a Newmarket perspective, the Rowley Mile is scheduled to host its first meeting of the season on June 4, followed by three more days of action, including both the 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas.