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Racing Could Return Within a Week of Government Go Ahead

Racing could resume inside a week, if the government allows the sport to restart.

This is according to the British Horseracing Authority chief Nick Rust.

Rust told the BBC, that racing “can be one of the first to go”.

Yet racing will only go ahead if the public advice permits meetings to begin again.

“We don’t want to make the case ahead of public opinion.” Rust added.

Horses Ready

He asserted that racing could begin almost immediately.

As 12,000 racehorses have continued exercising during lockdown.

Its a different equation to the Premier League, where footballers would need time to regain fitness, Rust explained.

The sport has been suspended in the UK since 17 March.

Resumption Behind Closed Doors

Rust conceded that any resumption of racing would have to be behind closed doors.

And he defended the much criticized decision, to go ahead with the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Crufts took place in the same week, Rust highlighted.

And the Liverpool versus Atletico Madrid Champions League tie at Anfield was also played.

Racing Continues Overseas

Yet racing has continued behind closed doors in Hong Kong and Australia.

Rust said that this has been allowed to happen due to different circumstances.

For example in Hong Kong its a government owned sport.

Plus the horses are stabled right next to the racecourses.

Its easier for Hong Kong to make the case for continuing economic activity in the sport.

In the UK, it is harder to make the same case, Rust opined.


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