BHA: No fixed date for UK horse racing fixtures to resume

The suspension of horse racing fixtures has been extended, with no fixed date for their return due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The British Horseracing Authority cancelled all meetings until the end of April and this measure will continue, it was announced today.

The sport's leaders are still working towards having everything in place for a restart when possible, communicating with trainers and racecourses.

BHA Chief Executive 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."

Racing fixtures were cancelled from March 18, before the government imposed restrictions on UK households.

Nearly 13,000 people have sadly died from coronavirus, while the latest figures show new infections have dropped by 12 per cent.

Due to the national situation, it is forecast that race meetings would be held without the public in attendance until June at the earliest.

A phased return of Flat fixtures behind closed doors are planned at first, with tough biosecurity measures in place to keep any risks to a minimum.

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