BHA will decide tomorrow on Leicester event
Racing officials will wait until tomorrow to make a decision on whether to hold next Tuesday’s scheduled meeting at Leicester.
This week’s fixture controversially went ahead despite new lockdown rules being applied to the city. Trainers including Alan King, Graeme McPherson and Mick Appleby were among those to withdraw their runners over Covid-19 concerns. All but four stalls handlers refused to work, so races had to start using a raised tape.
“Given the Government’s advice overnight and how it was clarified this morning, I was frankly astounded that the BHA [British Horseracing Authority] considered it appropriate to race at Leicester,” said McPherson.
The BHA said it would make a decision on next week’s meeting after speaking to representative bodies within the industry, adding that the delay would also allow local health authorities a few more days of working data.
Figures published by Public Health England yesterday showed that Leicester’s rate of new infections was more than double the next highest city in the country, Bradford.