‘It is achievable’: Ralph Beckett insists horse racing CAN make a behind closed doors return on May 1… just in time for 2000 Guineas at Newmarket
- Trainer Ralph Beckett believes that horse racing can make a return on May 1st
- Racing has been postponed due to the coronavirus crisis and UK-wide lockdown
- Beckett’s proposed return date is just before the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket
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Horse racing will be ready to resume in five weeks just in time for the first two Classics of the flat season, according to top trainer Ralph Beckett.
Beckett believes that providing correct measures are taken, racing can resume behind closed doors on May 1 just 24 hours before the 2000 Guineas is scheduled for Newmarket.
Racing in Britain was suspended by the British Horseracing Authority on March 18 until the end of April in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ralph Beckett has insisted that horse racing can restart competition again ready for May 1
The trainer’s target would see racing return just in time for the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket
Beckett, who is chairman of the National Trainers Federation Flat committee, said: ‘My view is that it is achievable and until we’re told we can’t — I’m hopeful.
‘I can’t go into too much detail, but there is a fairly straightforward action plan and we just need to get the details right.’
Beckett suggested racing authorities are planning to stage fixtures at more rural venues.
Racing has been postponed due to a UK-wide lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic