BHA plans to get owners back on track by April  

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is working with all stakeholders to ensure that owners can return to England and Scotland’s racecourses from Monday 29 March – in line with government rules on easing national restrictions.

Since January public attendance to racecourses has been restricted, following the announcement of the UK’s winter lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

With UK racing maintained behind closed doors, owners have not been able to see their studs perform in yards or on the course.

Under the BHA plans to ease on-course restrictions, owners will be brought back in a ‘phased, risk-managed approach, which corresponds as closely as possible to the respective government timetables.

Starting from 29 March to 12 April, the BHA will allow access to individual racecourses by a maximum of two pre-registered owner representatives per horse.

The BHA will review its conditions on 12 April, in which it hopes to increase racecourse access to six horse representatives.

Final arrangements will remain subject to further government guidance on elite sports. In addition, the BHA notes the importance of local authorities reviewing and monitoring its plans to reduce any risks of the virus spreading.

“Racecourse officials are currently liaising with their local authorities and will contact owners directly ahead of each fixture with further details of any local requirements,” the BHA’s statement read. 

“We would also like to thank those owners who have attended behind closed doors fixtures and co-operated fully with the infection control measures in place. These are designed to keep everyone safe and protect racing from the risk of COVID-related disruption. Thank you again for your support – and we look forward to seeing you back on the racecourse.”

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