All horse racing suspended in the UK from tomorrow

colinsunderland

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The British Horseracing Authority has confirmed that all horseracing in Britain will be suspended with effect from tomorrow.
Last night, The Jockey Club announced that The Randox Health Grand National has been cancelled due to coronavirus.
Two race meetings are scheduled to take place behind closed doors at Wetherby and Taunton today, but as of tomorrow race meetings will cease up to the end of April. The decision will be kept under constant review.
The formal decision was taken by Board of the British Horseracing Authority this morning based on the statements made by the government yesterday and after consultation with senior industry leaders. Medical Advisers to the RCA and the BHA, who have been advising an industry group on the response to the crisis, have also been consulted.
The BHA took the decision to protect essential emergency services and the health and welfare of staff working in the racing industry. Racecourses and racing have obligations to ensure the safety of participants and provide medical cover which clearly cannot be fulfilled in these circumstances. This follows the new advice issued by government yesterday to combat the spread of the virus.
Nick Rust, the Chief Executive of the BHA, said:
“This is a national emergency the like of which most of us have never seen before. We’re a sport that is proud of its connection to rural communities and to the local businesses that support our industry. But our first duty is to the health of the public, our customers and to racing industry participants and staff so we have decided to suspend racing following the government’s latest advice.
“Racing is a family and I know we will pull together over the coming days, weeks and months and support each other. By stopping racing, we can free up medical resources, doctors and ambulances, be they private sector or NHS, to assist in the national effort to fight this virus. And we can support racing industry participants and staff as they face up to the personal challenges ahead and care for their own families.
“There will be difficult months ahead for many of us. We need to focus now on ensuring that we can continue to look after our horses as the virus affects the thousands of participants and staff who dedicate their lives to caring for animals. We need to do what we can to support businesses inside and outside racing and the many people whose livelihoods depend upon this £4 billion industry.
“We are in constant contact with government which understands the very significant consequences of this decision for jobs and businesses. We will work with them to do our best to manage the impact.
“Racing leaders will keep today’s decision under constant review and endeavour to keep all customers, participants, staff and dependent businesses informed as the situation progresses.”
 

Davey86

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Had a planned trip to Newcastle greyhound stadium end of week, which will be cancelled!
online casinos and the lottery’s will be the only gambling option
 

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still going. But so was UK until 1:50 today!
I think the next meeting is on Friday evening. I can't see it happening tbh. I'm quite happy to go without racing as long as the horses and those working in the industry are left in a position where they are able to resume once the ban is lifted.
I would hate to hear of horses being abandoned or shot due to an inability to look after them
 

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I think the next meeting is on Friday evening. I can't see it happening tbh. I'm quite happy to go without racing as long as the horses and those working in the industry are left in a position where they are able to resume once the ban is lifted.
I would hate to hear of horses being abandoned or shot due to an inability to look after them

greyhounds are still on!
 

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greyhounds are still on!
I've zero interest in watching them. Many years ago I used to go to Hove for party nights and the dog racing was just a side thing. I don't agree with how the dogs are treat tbh. I had a mate that I spent a lot of time with. He and his family had a large breeding and training farm for Greyhounds. Once I learned how they are treat and discarded with I quickly turned my back on him.
 
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I've zero interest in watching them. Many years ago I used to go to Hove for party nights and the dog racing was just a side thing. I don't agree with how the dogs are treat tbh. I had a mate that I spent a lot of time with. He and his family had a large breeding and training farm for Greyhounds. Once I learned how they are treat and discarded with I quickly turned my back on him.

we put virtual horses on ahead of greyhounds sometimes now !
 

colinsunderland

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can anyone remember the bug in virtual racing when the last three in the preview to be shown on screen would be 1/2/3 at the finish haha.
 

colinsunderland

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You wouldn’t be able to bet on it. You wouldn’t have time there is a very small grace period for virtual between the countdown and a void for your bet
yes you could, you had about 8 seconds, so if you wrote the bet out all you had to do was scribble the numbers on the slip quickly before the off. This was a few years back and it has changed since then.
 

lewisnadasurf

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yes you could, you had about 8 seconds, so if you wrote the bet out all you had to do was scribble the numbers on the slip quickly before the off. This was a few years back and it has changed since then.

fair play. Must of been before my time!

I remember fixing an issue on Coral Virtual in Retail where the results came up on the screens about 5 seconds before the race finished visually :) that went down well with punters
 

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I don't get that either.

Anyway - I'm not sure why the horses can't be raced anyway. Do they really need a stadium full of people to get the race going?
 

lewisnadasurf

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I don't get that either.

Anyway - I'm not sure why the horses can't be raced anyway. Do they really need a stadium full of people to get the race going?

only takes one jockey to get it and it all falls apart anyway. for example they all share a changing room, if one gets it - that’s it really.
 
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