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British racing welcomes support for self-employed workers

British racing’s leaders have welcomed the announcement by Chancellor Rishi Sunak regarding the support package which will be offered to many self-employed workers.

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BHA regulatory update

The BHA continues to prioritise working with the industry's COVID-19 Steering Group and organisations across the racing industry to address the challenges facing British racing in the light of the coronavirus and the suspension of racing.

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Careersinracing.com’s free job board provides essential recruitment support

The careersinracing.com job board, which is operated by the British Horseracing Authority will continue to provide an essential service for employers and those looking for work in the racing industry.

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Irish jumps season not over just yet and Elliott has a suggestion for HRI

The lights have not been turned off on the Irish jumps season just yet, as Horse Racing Ireland have given themselves seven days to come up with proposals on how to end the campaign should racing resume in the foreseeable future, and Gordon Elliott has a suggestion for them

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Master planner Prescott keeping positive as Newmarket faces unprecedented times

Sir Mark Prescott says he has not seen anything like the current coronavirus lockdown since the three-day week which was introduced by the then Conservative government to reduce electricity consumption and conserve coal stocks back in 1974

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An update from BHA Chair Annamarie Phelps

We are now working out what the new restrictions mean for our industry, our racecourses and those who care for our horses. Our team have been in ongoing contact with Government and were in touch again yesterday evening seeking to clarify how the new rules apply to the training and exercise of horses and that will be communicated when clear

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Staff should continue to work as long as they are happy to do so

Racing staff and work-riders should keep going to work if they feel comfortable to do so, as their actions will benefit the sport in a variety of ways - National Association of Racing Staff's chief executive George McGrath

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Hills assistant narrowly avoids being stranded in Dubai as UAE suspends flights

Jamie Insole, who had been overseeing Charlie Hills' World Cup night hope Equilateral in Dubai, spoke of his relief at being able to fly home after a "mad panic" but also expressed surprise at the lack of anti-coronavirus measures in place at London Gatwick.

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Racing off in Ireland from Wednesday after all sporting events are cancelled

There will be no racing in Ireland until at least April 19 after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that all sporting events will be cancelled as of midnight on Tuesday, including those behind closed doors.

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South Africa postpones all racemeetings from Friday until further notice.

Leaders of the South African horseracing industry met on Tuesday morning in the wake of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s nationwide lockdown announcement to form a special task team and confirmed that the race meeting at the Vaal this Thursday 26 March will be the last until further notice.

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Woodbine to postpone the start of the 2020 thoroughbred season

Woodbine Entertainment has announced that it is postponing the start of the 2020 Thoroughbred season until further notice.

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Hayes stars again on opening day at Naas and Numerian downs Sir Dragonet

Numerian, gelded at Christmas after failing to win on turf last year, proved too strong for last year's Derby favourite Sir Dragonet to get back to winning ways in the Devoy Stakes at Naas on Monday

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European contingent due to be shipped out of Dubai after World Cup cancellation

The European contingent stranded in Dubai following Sunday's cancellation of Dubai World Cup night at Meydan are now being shipped out

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UPI Horse Racing Roundup

There will be no Dubai World Cup next Saturday but thoroughbred racing, while still in a corona-virus state of flux, managed to provide some diversion during the weekend as Wells Bayou won the Louisiana Derby, Farnan wore the Golden Slipper in Australia and Golden Sixty proved solid gold in Hong Kong

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Pinatubo kept isolated as Godolphin team ready star juvenile for 2,000 Guineas

Champion two-year-old Pinatubo stayed isolated behind the closed doors of Charlie Appleby's Newmarket training base at Moulton Paddocks at the weekend and is expected to stay there for the coming weeks.

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Sir Dragonet out to start Irish Flat season with a bang in Listed Devoy Stakes

The most high profile runner on the first day of the 2020 Irish Flat season at Naas on Monday is undoubtedly Sir Dragonet and the outcome of the Devoy Stakes surely boils down to just how sharp he is ahead of his comeback here

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BHA CEO examining ways for racing to return once coronavirus crisis is over

BHA chief executive Nick Rust does not accept that an extension of the current shutdown until the end of April is inevitable - stressed racing's leaders are striving to ensure the sport will be in a position to resume in Britain as soon as it is given the all-clear

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Frustration for Fellowes as Dubai cancellation leaves Prince Of Arran stranded

Charlie Fellowes has questioned the timing of the cancellation of Dubai World Cup night after sending his globetrotting yard favourite Prince Of Arran to the United Arab Emirates on Friday.

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Betting volumes soar as punters and ITV4 viewers savour escapism at Thurles

As a direct comparison, the viewing numbers for Saturday at Thurles were reported to be double those recorded when the channel broadcast five live races from Naas on February 9 last year, when British racing was halted by the equine flu crisis

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Remainder of 2019-20 ERA season cancelled

Cancellation pertains to the following meetings: Al Ain Racecourse on April 2 and April 9, Jebel Ali Racecourse on April 3 and Meydan Racecourse on April 3 and April 10

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