REVEALED: Bookmakers will be in talks with the BHA and Jockey Club to delay the Grand National for a few days for when stores can reopen … which could give a massive boost to the sport’s fragile finances
- Gambling shops are allowed to reopen two days after the Grand National
- Bookmakers are ready to hold talks to postpone racing’s biggest competition
- Racing’s finances could get a boost from the Levy paying the gambling industry
The bookmaker industry is expected to open talks with the British Horseracing Authority and the Jockey Club to see if the Randox Grand National can be pushed back for a few days until the betting shops reopen.
The roadmap announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson contained hopes that non-essential retail sales would resume on April 12, two days after the biggest race of the year in Aintree.
With crowds not possible until mid-May, the gambling industry could argue for a postponement of the Grand National.
Bookmakers want the Grand National to be delayed for a few days so that stores can reopen
Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that betting shops could reopen two days after the event
That could give a huge boost to racing’s fragile finances through the tax the gambling industry pays to the sport.
One option could be to reverse the Grand National’s dates with the Scottish National, which will take place in Ayr seven days later on April 17th.
Simon Clare, Ladbrokes Coral’s PR director, said, “If there was some way to postpone the Grand National for a few days, that would be a huge boost to the sport.”
The gambling industry could boost racing’s finances if the Grand National were pushed back