Further resumption of racing update

27 Jun 2020 BHA Features

Please see below the latest resumption email, which includes updates on: 

  • The Jump race programme for August
  • International runners
  • Changes to the face covering protocols for jockeys

Race programme

We have today published the Jump race programme for August, which is available to view now on Racing Admin.

The full Flat progamme for August will be shared with you on Friday 3 July.

International runners

From 1 July, international runners will be permitted to take part in Heritage Handicaps on the Flat.

The races defined as Heritage Handicaps between now and the end of August are as follows:

We will also continue to allow internationally trained runners to take part in Class 1 races on the Flat and over Jumps.

Horse Racing Ireland has also confirmed that from 1 July, Premier Handicaps in Ireland will be opened to British trained runners, in addition to all Black Type races under both codes.

Face coverings – jockeys

Following a review of government advice, and taking into account feedback from jockeys during current warm weather conditions, adjustments have been made with immediate effect to the protocols relating to the wearing of jockeys’ face coverings.

The protocols relating to jockey’s face coverings are now as follows:

  • Prior to a race, jockeys are required to wear a face covering (which covers nose and mouth) from the time they depart the changing area in the Weighing Room.
  • The wearing of face coverings during the race is recommended. However, jockeys are permitted to pull down the face covering in the moments immediately prior to the start and for the duration of the race. For Flat races, jockeys in the starting stalls should not turn to face any neighbouring loaded jockey (i.e. face forward at all times).
  • On completion of the race, the face covering, if lowered for the race, should be raised before entering the horse walk, whether mounted or on foot
  • In the unsaddling area, once the jockey has assisted stable staff with loosening any tack and is 2 metres away from any other personnel, the face covering may be lowered until the jockey returns to the changing area.
  • While the face covering is lowered, it is essential that 2-metre social distancing is maintained, e.g. if walking back to the Weighing Room with other jockeys, or if speaking to trainers or media representatives.

The formal guidance document is in the process of being updated to include this, and other recent changes communicated via resumption updates.