United Kingdom Horse Racing News

resumption of British racing

Provisional fixture list being prepared

Officials are nearing publication of an initial program for the first seven days of racing when the sport eventually resumes in Britain.

British riders considering return proposal

Plans for the resumption of British racing have met with a mostly positive response from the Professional Jockeys Association.
racing in Britain

Restricted field sizes for British racing

A restriction on field sizes to 12 runners per race and the use of only senior jockeys feature in plans for the resumption of racing...
Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham held within guidelines: Dowden

Britain's Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has defended his decision to allow the Cheltenham Festival to go ahead.

Britain making plans for racing return

Arena Racing Company tracks could be at the forefront of a return to racing in Britain when the time comes for the sport to resume.
Cheltenham

Derby in July in plans for England

The British Horseracing Authority has plans to run the Classic races in different time slots when the sport resumes.
Jamie Spencer

Jamie Spencer suffers hip injury in fall

Jamie Spencer is waiting to hear whether he will require surgery on a hip injury sustained in a gallops fall.

Trainer Mark Johnston positive to COVID-19

British trainer Mark Johnston has revealed he is isolating after contracting coronavirus.
Cheltenham

BHA defends holding Cheltenham festival

British Horseracing Authority chief executive Nick Rust has defended the decision to hold the Cheltenham Festival.
Cheltenham Festival

Return to British racing to remain on hold

Racing will remain on hold beyond after the British Horseracing Authority extended its suspension on meetings in Britain.

Haydock Racecourse to be testing centre

A drive-in coronavirus testing centre is to open Haydock Park Racecourse as part of the government's UK-wide drive to increase testing for NHS workers.
Britain plans for return to racing

BHA ready to review plans to resume racing

Plans for a resumption of racing in Britain will be reviewed by the board of the British Horseracing Authority.
Anthony Van Dyck

Major UK meetings fall victim to virus

Two major UK racing meetings, including the Derby festival at Epsom in June, have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hughes officially champion jumps jockey

Brian Hughes has vowed to do all he can to defend his title after officially being announced as champion British jumps jockey for the first...

Large sum raised from virtual National

Bookmakers are to donate over PS2.6 million to NHS charities from profits on the Virtual Grand National, with almost five million people watching the race.
virtual Grand National

Potters Corner wins virtual Grand National

Potters Corner has jumped to glory in the Virtual Grand National with dual winner Tiger Roll fourth in the simulated race.
Grand National

Virtual National to bring some cheer to UK

A virtual Grand National will be broadcast throughout England in the absence of one of the world's greatest steeplechase races.

Virtual Grand National for charity

All profits from the running of a virtual Grand National will go to Britain's National Health Service.

Hollie Doyle keeping fit hoping for return

Britain's leading female jockey Hollie Doyle is keeping busy while British racing is shut down and her partner Tom Marquand is in Sydney.
Trainers in Britain

Beckett believes racing can work to return

Classic-winning trainer Ralph Beckett is optimistic racing in Britain will be ready to resume behind closed doors should it be given the go-ahead.
British racing

British racing making plans for return

British racing is likely to resume behind closed doors once given the appropriate go-ahead following the current shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.
British horses to keep exercising

Training to continue in Britain

British trainers are being advised to continue exercising horses while adhering strictly to social-distancing requirements.

Trainer says British Horseracing Authority stopped racing too soon

Trainer Mark Johnston believes the British Horseracing Authority has made a mistake suspending racing as soon as it has.

British stable staff facing redundancies

British racing's shutdown is having a huge effect on stable staff with reports of redundancies already rife.

BHA formulating plans for assistance

British Horseracing Authority chief executive Nick Rust says they are working on a plan for financial assistance to participants while racing is shut down.