Horse racing will return to Beverley but without spectators for the first time in more than 300 years.

The first meeting will be held on June 11 almost two months after the season was originally due to begin due to lockdown.

It comes after the Government gave the go-ahead for racing and other competitive sports to resume.

The first race meeting since the sport was suspended took place at Newcastle yesterday (June 1 st ). Beverley’s race day will be the second meeting in Yorkshire with Pontefract taking place the day before on June 10.

Follow government advice safety measures are being put in place at Beverley and other racecourses including wearing PPE, health screening, and social distancing.

The graphic shows the safety measures being put in place at Beverley and other Credit: BHA

Beverley Racecourse has announced nine race meetings up to the end of August.

“It’s incredibly important for this racecourse – and for the racing community that we are part of – that we can finally start the season, even in the current very difficult circumstances. “We have already had to cancel six race meetings this season and several non-race day events. That has left us with no income since lockdown. The only financial help available to us has been the furlough scheme.

Beverley Racecourse Chief Executive Sally Iggulden