Deutscher Galopp has announced that no runners trained outside Germany will be allowed to race in the country before the end of May.
German racing is set to resume behind closed doors on Monday, May 4 at Dortmund. The first Pattern races, the G2 Carl Jespers Preis and the G3 Cologne Classic, will be held the following Friday in Cologne.
British-based trainer Karl Burke had been hoping to send a runner for each of those contests but, following an announcement by the German racing authority on Wednesday, he will not be permitted to do so.
A statement on the Deutscher Galopp website confirmed that overseas horses will be prevented from racing in the short term. It read, “After discussions with the authorities, horses trained abroad will not be allowed to race until May 31, 2020; the Presidium will regularly reassess the overall situation and will review it again by May 15, 2020 at the latest.”
After May 15, daily updates will be issued.
The first German Classic, the G2 Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen (2000 Guineas) is scheduled to be run at Cologne on Monday, June 1—the same day as the both French Guineas at ParisLongchamp—followed by the G2 German 1000 Guineas at Dusseldorf on Sunday, June 7.
Foreign runners will also not be allowed to run in France during May, where racing is set to resume on May 11.