Maximum of 12 runners ridden if racing resumes next month

Races restricted to a maximum of 12 runners and ridden only by experienced jockeys if racing resumes behind closed doors next month

  • Proposals were circulated by the Resumption of Racing Group on Thursday
  • Races will be restricted to 12 runners to comply with social distancing rules 
  • More experienced riders are less likely to suffer injuries and burden the NHS

Races will be restricted to 12 runners to comply with social distancing rules in plans to race behind closed doors next month. 

Proposals circulated on Thursday by the Resumption of Racing Group also said that races will be restricted to senior jockeys. 

This follows analysis from the BHA’s medical department indicating more experienced riders are less likely to suffer injuries and put extra stress on NHS resources. 

Proposals were circulated for races  by the Resumption of Racing Group on Thursday

There is a plan to extend the number of races per card in an attempt to create as many running opportunities as possible. 

But, initially at least, opportunities to run for lower-rated horses will be limited. French racing is due to start behind closed doors on May 11 but under strict conditions. 

A statement released by France Galop read: ‘Only the trainer, the jockey and one lad can accompany and look after a horse.’




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