Despite today’s news that racehorse owners will be able to go to race meetings behind closed doors in England from Saturday 4 July, unfortunately they will not be allowed to attend fixtures in Wales.
This is due to current Welsh Government regulations which are under constant review.
The return of owners to the racecourse in England will be a phased process, with interim safety and infection control measures in place to minimise risk for owners, prioritise the wellbeing of all attendees, and ensure that the sport is aligned with government guidance relating to attendance at elite sports venues.
Two test fixtures will be held on Wednesday 1 July at Southwell and Kempton Park to pilot the protocols and allow for a thorough review of the processes in place to facilitate a smooth implementation.
This will enable owners to experience racing behind closed doors and provide useful feedback ahead of the wider planned rollout from Saturday 4 July. Owners will be notified directly via email about how to register for the test events, once their horse is declared to run.
British racing continues to engage with the Welsh and Scottish Governments on the return of owners to the racecourse for behind closed doors fixtures.