Waiting for racing’s return
Mike Deasy on the frustrating wait for racing’s return
The day started with an upbeat message from the British Horseracing Authority.
“We’re counting down the hours to the return of racing and looking forward to official confirmation from the UK government after it has published its guidelines for the resumption of sport in the next day or so. The long break is nearly over” said a BHA spokesperson.
“This morning, we’ve been busy processing the declarations received for Newcastle’s fixture on 1 June and we are now implementing our new medical screening procedures to ensure we safeguard those who plan to be there on Monday for racing’s return.”
Since then it’s gone a bit quiet and for some the absence of any further news has begun to play on the nerves.
What we’re waiting for is the “green light” from Whitehall for sport behind closed doors being allowed to resume on Monday 1 June.
That won’t come from someone picking up the phone and saying “Ok, you’re good to go”.
Racing, along with all sports keen to get their shows back on the road, is having to wait for official guidelines on how sports can be run in the privacy of their own stadiums.
It’s my understanding that publication of the guidelines is anticipated for tomorrow. Hopefully that’s the case and, hopefully too, there’s nothing in the detail which scuppers Monday’s 10 all-weather races at Newcastle, starting with the Betway Welcome Back British Racing Handicap in which one of the runners is Curfewed.
Given that the BHA have been in communication with those preparing the guidelines, as have other sports’ representatives, there should not be any major surprises.
So, we have to wait until tomorrow when those guidelines are expected to be published. Hopefully.
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