Update on resumption of racing planning

25 May 2020 BHA Features Racing/Fixtures

Race programme and fixture list

The BHA has today published a provisional race programme for the remainder of June 2020, which includes the date, location and race conditions for all fixtures scheduled from 9 – 30 June (inclusive).

The race programme can be viewed in full here. This will be added to the BHA’s Racing Administration website in the coming days.

We have also produced a separate list that shows specifically the Flat Pattern & Listed opportunities during this period.

Today’s update follows the publication last week of:

  • The race programme for the first 8 days of racing following resumption, which can be viewed here and has been updated on the Racing Admin website. Please note that entries for the fixture at Newcastle on Monday 1 June close at noon tomorrow (26 May)
  • A provisional fixture list that covers the period from 9 June until the end of August. Many fixtures, including Glorious Goodwood and The York Ebor meetings, remain unchanged from the original schedule.
  • The Order of Running for Royal Ascot 2020. Note that all Royal Ascot races, including the handicaps, will be restricted to a maximum 24 runners.

We hope that this information helps provide greater clarity for racecourses and support participants, particularly trainers and owners, in planning for your horses.

As noted in our previous email, fixtures in Scotland and Wales have been provisionally scheduled (denoted by TBC in the provisional race programme and fixture lists), but will only be confirmed following further consultation with the relevant Governments on timescales for potential resumption. We remain in direct discussion with both the Scottish and Welsh Governments.

Resumption planning

British racing continues to plan for resumption on Monday 1 June, in line with the UK Government’s provisional timetable for the return of sport behind closed doors.

On Saturday, we published the BHA’s COVID-19 guidelines and operating procedures for everyone attending race meetings from 1 June until further notice. These measures are to safeguard everyone’s health and wellbeing during the current and continuing COVID-19 situation, to ensure that racing can resume in a safe and appropriate manner.

Anyone likely to attend a raceday in Great Britain should ensure they have read and/or understood the protocols outlined. These will be reviewed regularly and revised – and where possible, relaxed – in line with evolving government guidance.