BHA suspends racing further

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BHA suspends racing further

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The BHA on Wednesday delayed the return of racing indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The BHA, which had initially hoped for racing to return on May 1, has not set a new date for ending the suspension, but plans are in place so that the sport is ready to resume as soon as is possible and appropriate in consultation with government.

Those plans included the possibility of racing hubs with on-site hotels holding multiple fixtures, with Newcastle, Lingfield and Hamilton mooted as tracks under consideration by the group.

Nick Rust, BHA chief executive, said: "We stopped racing in March to protect the health and safety of the public and to limit demands on the NHS. It’s right to continue this suspension until the pressure on the NHS allows for a resumption and we can assure the safety of those taking part.

"We are in touch with government as part of our development of a responsible, coordinated plan for the return of sport when it’s appropriate to do so.

"We'll continue to develop a range of options drawing on the expertise of our participants and racecourses. But for now, we are all focused on supporting the national effort, maintaining social distancing restrictions and taking care of our people and our horses."

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