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Flat season for a later finish with a new one-off format to decide the 2020 jockey champion

Flat season for a later finish with a new one-off format to decide the 2020 jockey champion

  • All UK horse racing is currently delayed due to the coronavirus crisis
  • The Turf Season Championship would begin on Saturday and end on October 17
  • The first days of the season are lost and the number of meetings is reduced
  • There are proposals to extend the Turf season beyond the original end date
  • Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19

A one-time new format will be established to determine the 2020 champion, Flat jockey, to account for the pandemic disruption of the season.

The Turf Championship season would begin on Saturday – which should have run the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket – and would end on British Championship Day at Ascot on October 17.

The early days of the season will be lost with matches and then diminished as the sport gradually emerges with restrictions.

A one-time new format to decide on the 2020 Flat jockey champion will be drawn up

A one-time new format to decide on the 2020 Flat jockey champion will be drawn up

But there are proposals to back up and extend the Turf season, which currently runs through November 7.

Similar changes could be made to the owner’s and trainers’ championships.

Rod Street, chief executive Great British Racing, the sport’s promotional arm, said: ‘I don’t believe we want to change the parameters for the championships after 2020, but we should consider this year an extraordinary event and fluent and flexible.

“Driving and winning opportunities are already contained and will continue until we return to a more normal game list.

Rod Street says this year should be treated as an extraordinary event and be fluid and flexible

Rod Street says this year should be treated as an extraordinary event and be fluid and flexible

Rod Street says this year should be treated as an extraordinary event and be fluid and flexible

“2020 will be a year, not just in our sport, where everyone has to adapt to the circumstances we are facing.”

Street said the decision to award the jump racing crowns to Brian Hughes (jockey), Nicky Henderson (trainer) and JP McManus (owner) after their season ended early was taken in conjunction with their representative bodies and a similar approach will be followed when drawing plans for the Flat.

Street added, “At the moment, the championships are not a priority for the advocacy groups, but once racing has resumed we will quickly decide what is the right approach.”

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