Racing will NOT host a fan testing event next month without meetings that fit the government’s schedule to ease the lockdown as Grand National in Aintree is considered TOO EARLY next week
- Racing will not have a chance to host a test event with spectators next month
- No meeting has been planned that is consistent with the government’s easing plan
- Grand National next week was considered too early and Boodles Festival too late
Racing will not host a test event with spectators next month as there are no suitable meetings scheduled to fit the government’s criteria and timetable.
The racecourse association has had lengthy talks with the Ministry of Culture, Media and Sports in recent weeks, but Sportsmail has been informed that several local authorities have not given permission to continue with pilot events.
The Racecourse Association has held lengthy talks with the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports over the past few weeks but has failed to reach an agreement given the tight timetable for easing England’s lockdown and determined racing. list.
Racing will not have the opportunity to organize test events with supporters next month
The government’s tight timetable for easing lockdown and racing’s fixed race schedule limited room for maneuver, despite racing’s desire to get gamblers back on the track as quickly as possible.
The Grand National meeting in Aintree next week had been proposed, but the government has ruled it too early as it will take place before the next nationwide easing on April 12, while the Boodles May Festival in Chester is late next month.
The government wants the first round of test events to be completed at least 14 days before step three of their roadmap on May 17, when it is hoped that a crowd of 4,000 and 10,000 visitors will be allowed into outdoor venues and large stadiums respectively.
Racing will therefore miss organizing test events, but officials are lobbying the government to designate courses as stadiums rather than outdoor venues.
Such a move would be a great boost to the sport as it would allow 10,000 spectators to attend the Derby meeting in Epsom every day on June 4-5.
The Grand National next week was deemed too early for the end of the government’s lockdown plan
The Racecourse Association has had lengthy discussions in recent weeks with the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports and secretary Oliver Dowden (photo).
There were three pilot events successfully on race tracks last fall, while numerous gatherings took place with spectators before the third national lockdown in December, so race officials are confident they have enough Covid-protected protocols to start work immediately.
The right to host test events has led to significant competition between sports, with stakeholders in cricket being particularly unfortunate to miss out, such as Sportsmail unveiled earlier this month.