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When will horse racing resume in the UK?

British horse racing to resume on or before 1st June priced at 4/9 at Betfair
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When will horse racing resume in the UK?


Betfair have opened a market on when racing will resume under the British Horse Racing Authorities jurisdiction. The bookmaker now make it 4/9 that British racing will resume on or before 1st June 2020.

On current planning, the BHA anticipates that horses will be allowed to race behind closed doors under strict conditions at locations which meet specific criteria around risk mitigation and infection control.

Jump racing will not take place before 1 July 2020, with flat and jump racecourses to be invited to apply to host fixtures if they can demonstrate they meet the specified conditions.

Field sizes will also be limited initially to 12 runners per race.

The BHA recently outlined a 2020 Flat Pattern Programme with the best-case scenario seeing the Guineas run in early June, with Royal Ascot commencing on 16 June and the Derby and Oaks in early July.

The aim is to rescue a number of lost Pattern and Listed events from the early part of the spring and stage them during the second half of May.

UK Racing To Resume On Or Before 1st June Betting Odds


ResultOdds
Yes4/9
No9/5
Source: Betfair and odds correct on 25 April 2020.

When will horse racing return FAQs

When will horse racing start again?

All horse racing in Great Britain was suspended from Wednesday, March 18th because of the coronavirus outbreak. It was hoped it would resume in May with the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) saying the decision will be kept under "constant review".

When will racing resume in the UK?

Jump racing will not take place before 1 July 2020 with the best-case scenario seeing the Guineas run in early June, Royal Ascot on 16 June and the Derby and Oaks in early July.

Which horse races still taking place?

There is still live horse racing from outside the UK taking place including United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, Hong Kong  and South Africa.

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