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The Derby Set to Stay at Epsom This Year

There has been positive news for horse racing in the UK, after Councillors approved an application to stage the Epsom Derby.

The historical Group 1 race is now set to be ran on a Saturday in July or August.

It is considered one of the great British sporting institutions.

All racing was suspended due to coronavirus on 17 March.

Jockey Club Grateful

Delia Bushell, the group executive of the Jockey Club, said that the organisation is working hard to stage the Derby.

She also thanked the Epsom and Walton Downs Conservators, for their support in arriving at this position.

Bushell reflected that that The Derby plays a vital role, in the thoroughbred racing and breeding industries.

Racing Authority Welcomes Government Announcement

Meanwhile, the British Horseracing Authority has welcomed the potential timeframe of when sport in the UK can resume.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this week that professional sport could restart after 1 June.

The BHA is part of racing’s Executive Committee, and is in dialogue with the sport’s other stakeholders to begin competition.

Talks are ongoing with the Racecourse Association, the Racehorse Owners’ Association, and the National Trainers Federation.

A timeline on what is necessary to begin race meets after 1 June, is due to be published this week.

Racing has already drawn up plans for resumption.

This has been modeled on reducing risk through robust social distancing, and strict infection control measures.


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