BHA extend racing shutdown past 1 May but continue planning for resumption next month

THE BHA have extended the racing shutdown beyond 1 May.

The sport’s governing body have announced that, in anticipation of an extension of the nationwide lockdown, racing will not resume at the end of this month.

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Plans remain in place for racing to restart at short notice, though no resumption date has been set.

BHA chief Nick Rust said: “We stopped racing in March to protect the health and safety of the public and to limit demands on the NHS. It’s right to continue this suspension until the pressure on the NHS allows for a resumption and we can assure the safety of those taking part.

“We are in touch with government as part of our development of a responsible, coordinated plan for the return of sport when it’s appropriate to do so.

“We’ll continue to develop a range of options drawing on the expertise of our participants and racecourses. But for now, we are all focused on supporting the national effort, maintaining social distancing restrictions and taking care of our people and our horses.”

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