The British Horseracing Authority is to have further discussions with the relevant authorities before taking a final decision on a scheduled race meeting in Leicester next week. The BHA will also speak to representative bodies within the industry regarding the issues arising from local lockdowns and the impact they may have in future on racing. A decision on the Leicester meeting, due to take place on Tuesday 7 July, will be taken by lunchtime this Friday, 3 July. Entries are being taken as normal.
A spokesperson said:
“Yesterday’s race meeting was held with the approval of the local authority and Public Health England under the strict protocols agreed in advance of the resumption of sport behind closed doors. The lockdown effectively reinstated restrictions as they were on June 14th, in the view of local officials, when racing was permitted in accordance with UK government guidelines.
“Given that the local lockdown measures may still be evolving, it’s important that dialogue continues ahead of any future events in Leicester. Our industry colleagues will be briefed on this dialogue and will consider any potential impacts on racing. Our focus continues to be on making sure racing behind closed doors takes place as safely as possible.”