Racing will resume in Wales behind closed doors on June 15th, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and the Welsh courses announced on Monday. Chepstow will be the first track active, with summer Jumps racing at Bangor-on-Dee resuming in July and October sees the resumption of Ffos Las. The established protocols released for racing behind closed doors in the UK will be closely adhered to.
“I’m delighted to see the return of racing in Wales at Chepstow next month as ensuring that racing gets back up and running in all three nations of Britain has been a priority of the BHA in recent weeks as we look to maintain our nationwide footprint, and provide opportunities for trainers based in devolved administrations,” said BHA Chief Executive Nick Rust. “The focus of our plans is on returning safely and I believe the public can be reassured by the measures we have put in place. Our participants have made sure they understand all that will be asked of them when they attend a meeting. Their priority, like ours, is to ensure continued observance of social distancing rules and prevent the virus spreading.
“I hope this is a vital first step towards a complete return for our industry in Wales, and we look forward to returning to race at Ffos Las, and Bangor-on-Dee later in 2020.”
Added Chepstow and Fflos Las Racecourses Executive Director Phil Bell, “We are delighted to welcome the return of racing in Wales. There will be a lot of work to do for everyone to adapt the way we run race meetings and meet the stringent safety requirements that have been set out by BHA, but we are very much looking forward to meeting the challenge and getting back to work.”
For the full schedule of Welsh meetings, go to www.britishhorseracing.com.