UPDATES FROM THE JOCKEY CLUB ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Please find information and statements below.
huntingdon racecourse update - 02.03.21
Huntingdon Racecourse has been significantly affected by sustained flooding this winter, which has been the worst in recent memory. The required investigative and restorative work to repair damage to some of our facilities is already underway. However, although UK Government guidance suggests spectators may be able to attend racecourses in limited numbers from 17th May, the two fixtures at Huntingdon on 18th and 31st May will take place without racegoers present.
We apologise for any disappointment this may cause. We are doing all that we can to ensure the necessary work is completed as soon as possible and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we are able.
RACING WITH SPECTATORS Update - 22.02.21
Currently all horseracing fixtures in England must take place behind closed doors and without spectators.
However, on February 22nd 2021 the Government announced plans to help the country out of its National Lockdown. As part of these plans racing fixtures staged from May 17th 2021 will be able to welcome up to 4,000 spectators, if the Government’s tests are met for moving into Phase 3 of lifting lockdown restrictions. Similarly, if the Government’s tests and criteria are met, then indoor conferences and events of up to 1,000 people will also be possible from May 17th. The Government will provide further guidance nearer the time.
The Government also announced that events staged from June 21st 2021 will be able to operate at pre-pandemic capacities, if the Government’s tests are met for moving into Phase 4 of lifting lockdown restrictions.
Please continue to visit our website, check our social media channels and email newsletters for news, updates and racing at home content. Don’t forget you can also watch our racing live on Racing TV and ITV Racing and watch replays of every race staged at our racecourses on our website just 15 minutes after they have finished.
Vital support for the workforce of British horseracing available through charity Racing Welfare.
The Jockey Club’s dedicated charity, Racing Welfare, offers professional guidance and practical help to the workforce of British horseracing. During these unprecedented times, the charity continues to help racing’s people 24 hours a day, seven days a week, no matter what challenges they are facing.
In line with Government advice, the regional offices around the country are currently closed, however the welfare teams remain contactable.
Please find important contact details below:
For 24 hour assistance call Racing’s Support Line on 0800 6300 443
Office numbers can be contacted between 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.
• Malton: 01653 696 869
• Middleham: 01969 624 123
• Lambourn: 01488 670 034
• Newmarket: 01638 560 763
Get in touch online at www.racingwelfare.co.uk
Find a full range of self-help information here www.support.racingwelfare.co.uk.