Europe

Marley Outlines Difficulties For Breeze-up Sector

The big question to which everyone in the industry would like to know the answer is when will racing be able to resume? It is a key concern for many, not least the breeze-up consignors, whose sales season in Europe should have started this week at Ascot. The Tattersalls Ascot and Craven Breeze-up Sales have already been postponed until the end of April, while Arqana has pencilled in an early June slot for its Deauville sale currently scheduled to be held on May 8 and 9. On Wedesday, Goffs UK...

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Simcock Looks to Heights

"The Industry Group is working hard to meet the needs of the racing industry in this period of great uncertainty. There has already been a huge collaborative effort and this will continue as we move to a point at which we can resume racing. "We are publishing the plan so that the industry's stakeholders and participants can see the extensive programme of work that is underway.  We believe this will help avoid duplication and use resources in the best possible way. We will continue to give updates at regular intervals."

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UK Racing’s COVID-19 Response Plan Released

A COVID-19 response plan for the UK racing industry was published on Monday by the industry group coordinating the response and liaising with the UK government. The purpose of the operational plan is to protect the health of British racing's people, horses, and businesses during the pandemic and have a blueprint in place for the earliest possible resumption of racing and a strong recovery once racing has begun again. It also outlines the range of activities, led by the industry's COVID-19 Group, to meet the challenges presented by the pandemic....

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Goffs Postpones Breeze-up; 2020 London Sale Cancelled

The Goffs Group has issued a revised calendar for its spring sales and has announced that it will suspend the Goffs London Sale for one year amid uncertainty for racing and sales during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Goffs UK Breeze-up Sale, which was originally scheduled to take place on Apr. 22 and 23, will now be staged on either June 13 and 14 or June 14 and 15, immediately prior to the start of Royal Ascot on Tuesday, June 16. The venue for the delayed sale is yet to be...

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Newmarket Launches Community Coronavirus Response

A combined response from business and council leaders as well as members of the racing community has been launched in Newmarket to aid vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The largest training centre in Britain, Newmarket is home to 76 training yards and two racecourses, as well as the British Racing School, Jockey Club Estates, Tattersalls and a number of major studs. The Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, European Breeders' Fund and Racing Welfare are among the racing-related bodies with head offices in the town. At present, the training of racehorses is...

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ITBA Releases Movement of Mares Protocol During COVID-19 Outbreak

A new protocol for safe mare movement during the breeding season was announced by the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association on Sunday. Despite Irish racing being halted on Mar. 24 due to the COVID-19 outbreak and Ireland beginning its own lockdown, breeding practices are allowed to continue. The ITBA statement is as follows: When transporting your mare to stud/boarding farm breeders should make sure they have one official form of picture identification with them and if an employee, have a letter from your employer indicating that you are an essential employee....

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The Great Racing Read: John Hammond

Black Maestro: The Epic Life of an American Legend By Joe Drape A fascinating story about Jimmy Winkfield, a black American jockey riding around 1900. He rode the winner of the Kentucky Derby twice before he was 20. At that time racing was the best attended sport in the US (hell, what happened?). It also had more skulduggery than today. Run out of America by the Irish jocks who ganged up on him, he fled to Europe. First Poland, where he became champion jockey and learnt Polish, then Russia where...

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Speightstown’s Superflare Takes Takamatsunomiya Kinen

Mozu Superflare (Speightstown) won the 1200m G1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Chukyo on Sunday after a game effort on the front end and a timely disqualification. Disregarded at 31-1 in this full 18-horse field, the blinkered chestnut shot straight to the front and quickly opened up several lengths on the chasing pack, clearly relishing the soft going. She clicked off fractions of :22.90 for the opening quarter and :45.60 for the first 800 metres. Rivals began to wind up with their runs inside the final furlong and Kurino Gaudi (Jpn) (Screen...

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Marquand Rides Group 3 Double Down Under

British jockey Tom Marquand, who is currently riding in Australia, booted home a pair of Group 3 winners at Rosehill on Saturday-2-year-old colt Holyfield (Aus) (I Am Invincible {Aus}) in the G3 Schweppervescence H. (video) and Vegadaze (Aus) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) in the G3 Star Kingdom S. (video) later on the card. Marquand earned his first Group 1 win aboard Addeybb (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}) in the G1 Ranvet S. last Saturday. Raced by Aquis Farm and Phoenix Thoroughbred, who secured the G1 Golden Slipper with Farnan (Aus) (Not a...

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Arqana Breeze Up Sale Could Be Moved to June

The Arqana Breeze Up Sale, which released its catalogue earlier this week, could be rescheduled for either June 3 or 4 depending on the COVID-19 situation, the sales company announced on Saturday. Currently, the sale is slated for May 9, with breezes to take place the day prior. This format would be maintained if the sale is moved to early June. Deauville Racecourse will continue to play host for the breezes, regardless of when it is actually conducted. "In the midst of a crisis that is affecting us all, we...

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British Racing Resumption Update

On the day that the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced that 80% of its workforce has been furloughed, it also issued an update to racing's stakeholders on its plans towards resuming racing on May 1. An initial return to action is likely to see racing remaining behind closed doors in anticipation of any easing of COVID-19 restriction measures likely to happen progressively. The group working on resumption plans is being led by the BHA's Brant Dunshea and includes representatives from the Racecourse Association, National Trainers Federation and Racehorse Owners Association....

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BHA Cuts Workforce As Cost-Saving Measure

The board of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has taken measures to stand down almost 80% of its staff to cut costs to the racing industry by up to £1 million a month during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those employees being stood down will be able to draw on the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme while the remaining staff continue to work on a plan for the resumption of racing at the earliest date possible. The current shutdown, which was announced on March 18, is set to run until the end...

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