Horseracing returns to UK with meeting in Newcastle

Horseracing returns in the UK today, with Newcastle hosting the first meeting since lockdown began.

The last meeting to take place in the country happened on March 17, when racing, along with all other sports, was forced to halt due to coronavirus.

The British Horseracing Association (BHA) said spectators will not be permitted at races.

All racing will take place behind closed doors until further notice. Credit: PA

Safety protocols include an online course and questionnaire. People will have their temperature taken on arrival.

Ten races - with a maximum of 12 starters per contest - will take place at the Newcastle fixture, with 120 horses set to participate.