Horseracing will return to Britain with an eight-race card on the all-weather at Newcastle on June 1.
The British Horseracing Authority's initial schedule for the resumption of racing has been released based on the government's provisional timeline for the return of sport, which was forced to halt because of coronavirus restrictions.
The first eight days: BHA's proposed fixture list
June 1 Newcastle
June 2 Kempton, Newcastle
June 3 Kempton, Yarmouth
June 4 Newcastle, Newmarket
June 5 Lingfield, Newmarket
June 6 Lingfield, Newcastle, Newmarket
June 7 Haydock, Lingfield, Newmarket
June 8 Chelmsford, Haydock, Lingfield
If able to resume, racing will go ahead behind closed doors on June 1 in Newcastle.
Plans are in place to publish a timetable on preparation steps that will need to be carried out prior to the return of racing.
We know that significant changes have already been implemented across the industry – in training yards, at studs and on racecourses – to ensure strict adherence to social distancing measures and to help reduce the spread of the virus. In the same manner, strict measures will be applied on racedays, and the racecourses are working with the BHA’s Course Inspectors to develop and implement the necessary requirements to provide the safest possible environment for all attendees. This includes planning for how a raceday will function – including entry and exit and movement around the site – whilst maintaining social distancing.
Attendance at each meeting will be limited to essential personnel required for the fixture to go ahead.