Newmarket's Guineas Festival postponed because of Coronavirus

Magna Grecia ridden by jockey Donnacha O'Brien wins the 2019 QIPCO 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse. This year's Guineas Festival is to be rescheduled because of the Coronavirus PandemicCredit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/PA Images

Newmarket's QIPCO Guineas Festival, scheduled for May 4-5th, is the latest big name sporting event to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

That's after Jockey Club Racecourses' (JCR) announcement concerning horse racing's first four classics of the Flat season - the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas, plus The Derby and The Oaks at Epsom.

They say the decision is due to the 'ongoing public health emergency'.

Efforts are now being made to reschedule the races at a later date, once racing resumes in Britain.

They hope to provide preparation races with adequate spacing for potential runners so they can be in top condition to compete in the events.

Racegoers with tickets for the Guineas and the Investec Derby Festival will be contacted directly with the details of the options open to them.

The Jockey Club's announcement on Twitter

Recently Amy Starkey, East Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses, spoke about the work being done behind the scenes to help make sure Newmarket was ready when racing was ready to return.