Sunday Mirror

RAC­ING CLEAR TO CARRY ON

- BY DAVID YATES Sports · United Kingdom · Boris Johnson · Cheltenham

RAC­ING will con­tinue be­hind closed doors — de­spite Bri­tain’s re­turn to COVID-19 lock­down next week.

At a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son an­nounced the re­sump­tion of lock­down mea­sures from Thurs­day in a bid to tackle the ris­ing in­fec­tion rate.

But rac­ing, as an elite sport, will carry on de­spite the im­po­si­tion on of re­stric­tions.

“Rac­ing is cat­e­gorised as an elite sport and has in place strict government-agreed pro­to­cols, which have been bril­liantly ob­served by our par­tic­i­pants and at­ten­dees,” BHA chief ex­ec­u­tive Nick Rust (left) said yes­ter­day.

“We have been mon­i­tor­ing rac­ing since June and have seen no ev­i­dence of trans­mis­sion of the virus at any of our near 500 events. Rac­ing has co con­tin­ued Wales and be­hind other closed na­tions doors which in have en­acted lock­downs.”

The virus caused rac­ing to cease on March 17, but the sport h has con­tin­ued un­in­ter­rupted sinc since it recom­menced on June 1. THE New One, win­ner of the Bal­ly­more Hur­dle at Chel­tenham in 2013 and third in the Cham­pion Hur­dle the fol­low­ing March, has died af­ter suf­fer­ing an at­tack of colic.

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