Racing ready to become last major sport to go behind closed doors as early as next week 


Racing ready to become last major sport to go behind closed doors with courses set to ban crowds next week

  • Reports are indicating that large public gatherings will soon be banned
  • Five British meetings were held on Saturday despite changes on the horizon
  • The big question is what to do for the Grand National at Aintree on April 4 

Racing professionals are preparing for the sport to be held behind closed doors from as early as next week.

Reports suggesting that large public gatherings will soon be banned mean racing’s position as the last major sport to still be operating normally looks close to ending.

Trainer Nicky Henderson said: ‘The Government are in control of this, not horse racing, but I can’t believe we won’t be behind closed doors sooner or later. It’s inevitable.’

Racing professionals are preparing for the sport to be held behind closed doors next week

Five British meetings were held on Saturday, with around 9,000 attending the Midlands National at Uttoxeter and 2,200 racegoers at Kempton. 

With the Scottish Government already capping public gatherings, Kelso will be racing’s first restricted meeting on Monday, with numbers being limited to 500.

The big question is what to do for the Grand National at Aintree on April 4, which brings in 150,000 to the three-day meeting near Liverpool.

Trainer Nicky Henderson said it was 'inevitable' that the sport was moving behind doors

Trainer Nicky Henderson said it was ‘inevitable’ that the sport was moving behind doors



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