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French Government Withdraws Racing Approval

The French government has withdrawn its approval for racing to go ahead in areas still effected by coronavirus.

The French racing calendar has now been thrown into chaos.

France divided itself into red and green zones, determining how strict lockdown measures will be from 11 May.

Paris Longchamp, Saint-Cloud and Auteuil are among the courses effected by the government’s stand.

French police had previously given Longchamp the permission to begin racing again.

Despite the government suspending all sporting events until 1 September.

Edouard de Rothschild, president of France Galop, French racing’s governing body, described the decision as “irrational”.

Races have taken place since 11 May, since lockdown variations were decided.

Race Meet Relocations

France Galop, the French racing organising body, has presented contingency plans over the relocation of planned races.

Tomorrow’s meetings will now go ahead on Sunday.

The meeting due to be ran at Paris Longchamp has been transferred to Deauville.

While the Fontainebleau meeting, due to take place on Friday,  is transferred to Vichy.

UK and Ireland Racing to Return

In the UK, proposals have been put forward to begin racing again from 1 June.

Newcastle racecourse has been penciled in as the first venue where racing will resume.

All races will be behind closed doors.

In Ireland, Naas will host the resumption of racing.

As like in the UK, no spectators will be present at the meetings in line with social distancing guidelines.

Both the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas will happen on the first weekend of competition, at the Curragh.

The Derby will be ran on on its traditional date on 27 June.

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