Horse Racing: Chepstow to host first meeting back in Wales on June 15th

Horse Racing resumed in England when Newcastle hosted a meeting behind closed doors on June 1st and now Wales has set a date for its return.

Matthew Crist

Welsh courses and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) have announced the resumption of racing behind closed doors in Wales.

The first fixture is scheduled for Monday 15th June at Chepstow racecourse.

Initially, racing at Welsh courses will just be recommencing at Chepstow with no spectators able to attend while Bangor-on-Dee will resume as part of the summer Jumps season which begins in July, and Ffos Las will reopen in October.

The BHA has released protocols for racing behind closed doors, which includes specific guidance for the racing industry to help safeguard the health of employees and participants in a controlled and managed return to racing.

The procedures apply to everyone attending race meetings, and their employers, who will need to comply with the new and revised procedures and protocols in place.

The guidelines detail who is permitted to attend the racecourse during these early stages of resumption. All are subject to a three-stage screening process, including an online education test, a health questionnaire and temperature checks on arrival.

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Social distancing officers on racecourses will ensure compliance with Welsh government regulations around social distancing.

“Ensuring racing gets up and running in all three nations of Britain has been a priority of the BHA in recent weeks,” said BHA chief executive Nick Rust.

“We look to maintain our nationwide footprint, and provide opportunities for trainers based in devolved administrations,” said Rust.

“The focus of our plans is on returning safely and I believe the public can be reassured by the measures we have put in place.

“Our participants have made sure they understand all that will be asked of them when they attend a meeting. Their priority, like ours, is to ensure continued observance of social distancing rules and prevent the virus spreading.”

Executive director at Chepstow and Ffos Las Racecourses Phil Bell added: “There will be a lot of work to do for everyone to adapt the way we run race meetings and meet the stringent safety requirements that have been set out by BHA.

“We are very much looking forward to meeting the challenge and getting back to work.”

The scheduled fixtures for racing behind closed doors until the end of August in Wales, are shown below:

Date Day Session Course Code
15/06/2020 Mon Evening Chepstow Flat
23/06/2020 Tue Evening Chepstow Flat
30/06/2020 Tue Evening Chepstow Flat
03/07/2020 Fri Afternoon Chepstow Flat
09/07/2020 Thu Evening Chepstow Flat
12/07/2020 Sun Afternoon Bangor-on-Dee Jump
17/07/2020 Fri Afternoon Chepstow Flat
21/07/2020 Tue Afternoon Chepstow Flat
29/07/2020 Wed Afternoon Bangor-on-Dee Jump
01/08/2020 Sat Evening Chepstow Flat
14/08/2020 Fri Evening Chepstow Flat
15/08/2020 Sat Evening Chepstow Flat
20/08/2020 Thu Evening Chepstow Flat
25/08/2020 Tue Afternoon Bangor-on-Dee Jump
26/08/2020 Wed Afternoon Chepstow Flat

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