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4 months 1 week ago #787004 by Bob Brogan
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Provisional Pattern plan

Races to be run between June 3-4
Classic Trial (1m2f, 3yo, Group 3)
Snowdrop (1m, 3+ f, Listed)
Pavilion (6f, 3yo, Group 3)

Races to be run on June 5
Abernant (6f, 3+, Group 3)
Brigadier Gerard (1m2f, 4+, Group 3)
Paradise (1m, 3+, Listed)
Lingfield Oaks Trial (1m3½f, 3yo f, Listed)
Lingfield Derby Trial (1m3½f, 3yo cg, Listed)
Coronation Cup (1mf, 4+, Group 1)

Races to be run on June 6
2,000 Guineas (1m, 3yo cf, Group 1)
*Dahlia (1m2f, 4+ f, Group 2)
Palace House (5f, 3+, Group 3)
Sagaro (2m, 4+, Group 3)
Newmarket (1m2f, 3yo cg, Listed)
*Note: Distance change of the Dahlia to 1m2f

Races to be run on June 7
1,000 Guineas (1m, 3yo f, Group 1)
Pretty Polly (1m2f, 3yo f, Listed)
Buckhounds (1m2f, 4+, Listed)
Cecil Frail (6f, 3+ f, Listed)
Spring Trophy (7f, 3+, Group 3)
Pinnacle (1m4f, 4+ f, Group 3)





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4 months 6 days ago #787075 by Bob Brogan
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Newcastle racecourse will host the first fixture under plans for British horse racing's return behind closed doors next month.

If a return to action is approved by the government, the first meeting would be held on 1 June.

Racing in Britain has been suspended since 17 March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The British Horseracing Authority is proposing a total of 18 meetings in the first eight days after it resumes.

Details of safety and social distancing protocols are being finalised.

An eight-race opening fixture is planned for Newcastle's all-weather track.

Flat racing's first two Classics, the 2,000 Guineas and 1,000 Guineas, would be held at Newmarket on 6 and 7 June.
Proposed week one meetings

1 June Newcastle

2 Kempton, Newcastle

3 Kempton, Great Yarmouth

4 Newcastle, Newmarket

5 Lingfield, Newmarket

6 Lingfield, Newcastle, Newmarket

7 Haydock, Lingfield, Newmarket

8 Chelmsford, Haydock, Lingfield

Frank Keogh, BBC Sport

This is the latest and most thorough plan for racing's first days after resumption.

Newmarket's Friday card will be headlined by the Coronation Cup, which has been moved from Epsom, plus the Brigadier Gerard Stakes, Paradise Stakes and Abernant Stakes. Lingfield hosts its Derby and Oaks trials that day.

It comes as the minimum prize money for top-level Group One races has been temporarily cut by half as racing reacts to the financial impact of the lockdown.

However, the Horserace Betting Levy Board has increased its contribution by 23% to £16.4m, mainly to help grassroots and middle-tier racing, which leaves the average minimum prize money levels at about 80% of what was previously offered - BBC Sport





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4 months 5 days ago #787170 by Leopenaws
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British horse racing chiefs are planning top-level action soon after the sport returns with the season's opening two Classics pencilled in for the first weekend in June.
Racing has been suspended in Great Britain since 17 March because of the coronavirus crisis, but it is hoped the action can resume behind closed doors on 1 June if given government approval.
Under a provisional programme, the 2,000 Guineas would take place on Saturday 6 June, with the 1,000 Guineas a day later.
The major early races would be open to international contenders, although details of any quarantine arrangements have yet to be announced.
Royal Ascot remains on the calendar for 16 to 20 June, but the meeting's exact schedule is likely to change and the Queen is not expected to attend for the first time in her 68-year reign.
"There will be some changes to the order of races at Royal Ascot, which will be confirmed as soon as possible," said a British Horseracing Authority spokesperson.
The Derby set to stay at Epsom in 2020
Racing limited to senior jockeys on return
The Government announced on Monday that professional sport will not be held in England until 1 June at the earliest, forcing the British Horseracing Authority to adjust its plans.
It had hoped to run several high-profile races during the final two weekends of May.
Now race planners are drawing up a new timetable, with details on social distancing and safety protocols still to be ironed out.
The unbeaten Pinatubo, officially rated higher than the legendary Frankel as a juvenile, is clear favourite for the 2,000 Guineas, which had originally been scheduled for the first weekend in May.
But the Godolphin-owned colt, trained by Charlie Appleby, now seems certain to head into the race, like other leading contenders, without a previous outing this year.
Epsom would host both the Derby and the Oaks, for three-year-olds, on Saturday 4 July, with the Eclipse Stakes being moved back 24 hours and only open to horses aged four or older.
"We must emphasise that this provisional plan may still need to be adjusted according to when and under what circumstances racing is safely able to recommence," added the BHA spokesperson.
Major races planned for first week of June
(Race name, distance, age group, type, usual venues - racecourses for this year have yet to be confirmed)
Wednesday 3 June or Thursday 4 June
Classic Trial (10f, 3yo, Group 3, Sandown)
Snowdrop (8f, 3+, Listed, Kempton)
Pavilion (6f, 3, Group 3, Ascot)
Friday 5 June
Abernant (6f, 3+, Group 3, Newmarket)
Brigadier Gerard (10f, 4+, Group 3, Sandown)
Paradise (8f, 3+, Listed, Ascot)
Lingfield Oaks Trial (11½f, 3, Listed, Lingfield)
Lingfield Derby Trial (11½f, 3, Listed, Lingfield)
Coronation Cup (12f, 4+, Group 1, Epsom)
Saturday 6 June
2,000 Guineas (8f, 3, Group 1, Newmarket)
Dahlia (10f, 4+, Group 2, Newmarket)
Palace House (5f, 3+, Group 3, Newmarket)
Sagaro (16f, 4+, Group 3, Sandown)
Newmarket (10f, 3, Listed, Newmarket)
Sunday 7 June
1,000 Guineas (8f, 3, Group 1, Newmarket)
Pretty Polly (10f, 3, Listed, Newmarket)
Buckhounds (12f, 4+, Listed, Ascot)
Cecil Frail (6f, 3+, Listed, Haydock)
Spring Trophy (7f, 3+, Group 3, Haydock)
Pinnacle (12f, 4+, Group 3, Haydock)

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4 months 5 days ago #787171 by Leopenaws
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HBLB to increase prize money for resumption of UK racing
15 May 2020
The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) is to increase the amount of prize money on offer during the first 10 weeks of UK horse racing when the sport returns in June, to help offset money lost during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) enforced suspension.
Total prize money will amount to £16.4m (€18.4m/$19.9m), up 23% from the same period last year. This will comprise £15.7m in core prize funds and £1.8m split between the Plus 10 bonus initiative and the Mare Owners’ Prize Scheme.
The HBLB said the increase reflects its desire to provide reward for racehorse breeders, owners, trainers, jockeys and stable staff, given the lack of activity during the period of suspension.
“We recognise the importance of providing over and above contributions to prize money when racing resumes and are pleased to have been able to meet racing’s requests in full,” HBLB chairman Paul Darling said. “Giving a commitment for 10 weeks allows the sport to make detailed plans.”
This week, the British Horseracing Authority’s (BHA) Executive Committee said it was working on plans to restart racing on 1 June, after new government guidelines confirmed this as the earliest date from which sports events may be held.
Sport can return without spectators from 1 June, provided certain conditions are met to ensure the country-wide lockdown enforced as a result coronavirus can be eased.
The BHA had initially planned to recommence horse racing in May, with all races having been suspended since 18 March due to the pandemic. The UK entered a state of lockdown on 23 March.
To support the increase in prize money, the HBLB said all major bookmakers in its Betting Liaison Group agreed to make available confidential reports on race-by-race turnover and gross win on a weekly, rather than a monthly, basis.
The HBLB said these regular reports would help it in determining its funding programme beyond the first 10 weeks of the resumption of racing.
“While we start from a position of having enough cash reserves to meet these requests, our expenditure in this period will almost certainly exceed our income,” Darling said. “HBLB is already expending over £2m a month in maintaining pre-existing grants to various areas, which will continue in addition to the prize money expenditure announced today.
“I would like to thank all those bookmakers that have undertaken to restart their monthly payments on account to us in May. The knowledge that there will be a significant inflow of cash has given us greater assurance in agreeing to the additional sums for prize money.
“Our funding commitment in turn helps the betting industry as racing can now put in place an appropriate race programme.”
Last month, the HBLB and the Racing Foundation also jointly pledged £22m in emergency support to the British horseracing industry to help it to manage the coronavirus pandemic.
The HBLB’s funds will mostly go to racecourses, which will receive £13.5m, while £8m from the Racing Foundation will be used for “hardship issues faced by racing’s participants, both human and equine”.
Day after this announcement, the HBLB released £6.5m worth of capital credits to British racecourses to help them with cash flow during the ongoing crisis.
Under normal circumstances, racecourses can elect to waive the receipt of grants such as those for prize money from the HBLB. These funds are then held by HBLB so that racecourses can make use of them as capital credits for use on improvement projects approved by the HBLB.
However, because of the impact the virus has had on the racing industry, the HBLB allowed racecourses to request the funds for non-capital spending.

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