BHA proposes to resume racing on 1 June Newcastle to host first of eight planned fixtures

  • BHA proposes to resume racing on 1 June Newcastle to host first of eight planned fixtures

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) have proposed a 1 June date for the resumption of racing in Britain with an eight-race card getting things underway on the Newcastle all-weather.

The BHA released an initial eight fixture list late Thursday evening with Newcastle set to host the first meeting since racing was suspended on 17 March because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Racing will resume behind closed doors at Newcastle on 1 June if all goes according to plan, with the action set to continue at the same venue and Kempton the following day.

Kempton and Yarmouth will host races on 3 June, with the former scheduled to host the Classic Trial, which will mark the first Group contest since resumption.

The Group 1 Coronation Cup has been moved from Epsom and will be staged at Newmarket on 5 June, with the Brigadier Gerard, Paradise and Abernant Stakes being held as part of the undercard.

On the same day, Lingfield hosts a glitzy card with the Oaks and Derby trials pencilled in. The 2,000 Guineas will be held on 6 June and the 1,000 Guineas the following day.

There are 18 meetings scheduled over the eight days and of the 149 races, 96 are handicaps. The Lockinge Stakes remains the only Group 1 race to be cancelled in Britain this season.

Meanwhile, jump racing is due to remain suspended until 1 July.


BHA’s proposed racing fixtures:

June 1 Newcastle

June 2 Kempton, Newcastle

June 3 Kempton, Yarmouth

June 4 Newcastle, Newmarket

June 5 Lingfield, Newmarket

June 6 Lingfield, Newcastle, Newmarket

June 7 Haydock, Lingfield, Newmarket

June 8 Chelmsford, Haydock, Lingfield

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