Issues surrounding COVID-19 and Brexit have ruled French trainers Philippe Decouz and Edouard Monfort out of the inaugural Racing League competition. The two trainers were due to comprise one of the 12 teams taking part in the six-meeting fixture starting at Newcastle on July 29. Four Newmarket trainers–George Boughey, James Ferguson, William Knight and Stuart Williams–will instead form a replacement side, with jockeys Nicola Currie, Marco Ghiani and Daniel Muscutt their appointed riders.
Olivier Delloye, chief executive officer of France Galop, said, “France Galop is disappointed that Covid and Brexit issues combine this year to mean the planned French team must withdraw from Racing League. However, France Galop strongly supports the initiative and will help secure a high-quality team of French trainers and horses to participate next year in Racing League.”
Jeremy Wray, CEO of Racing League, added, “It is a real shame that the French team can no longer participate in this year's competition due to restrictions and complications relating to Covid-19 and Brexit. However, we look forward to working with France Galop on France's participation next year, which will add a further international flavour to the competition and engage French racing fans with Racing League.”