Resumption of Racing update – Jump Racing

12 Jun 2020 BHA Features Racing/Fixtures

Jump race programme

Earlier this week we published the Jump programme for July, which can be downloaded as an Excel document here. The latest version of the programme will always be available on the ‘Race programme and fixture list’ section of the COVID-19 page on the BHA website.

Please note that as part of our plans to reduce the risk of incident and injury on the resumption of Jump racing, the first three fixtures – at Southwell, Uttoxeter and Newton Abbot – have been amended slightly and now comprise two Chases per fixture. Under current plans, this will increase to a minimum of three Chases per fixture for subsequent meetings.

To further minimise risk for participants, field sizes will be restricted to 12 runners per Jumps race in the early stages of resumption.

The programme will also be available on Racing Admin from this evening. The race conditions on Racing Admin will show 48-hour declarations for all Jump fixtures, as we hope to be in a position to move from 72-hour to 48-hour declarations within the next fortnight. However, this is still subject to ongoing review and we will communicate any changes to the industry in good time to support your planning.

We have also commenced work on the August race programme, which we aim to finalise and publish on Racing Admin by the end of June. The flat programme will be uploaded to the Racing Admin system by 19 June.

Jump jockey eligibility criteria

In our last update we included changes to jockey restrictions for flat fixtures, which are based on further assessment of risk and logistical factors.

To ensure consistency across both codes, jockey eligibility for Jump races in the initial stages following resumption will be as follows:

  • 1 – 12 July: restricted to riders who have ridden at least 40 winners under rules
  • 13 – 19 July: restricted to riders who have ridden at least 20 winners under rules

20 July onwards: no specific restrictions – normal qualifications apply