BHA says horse racing to return 'within a week' of government green light

04 May 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

Horse racing could be ready to return within a week of being given any government all-clear to return to action, according to British Horseracing Authority (BHA) CEO Nick Rust.

The sport has been suspended since 17th March, but has been preparing to return to action when it is safe to do so, while racing in other countries such as Hong Kong has resumed.

Rust confirmed to the BBC that about 12,000 racehorses in Britain have continued exercise, with stable staff sticking to social distancing rules. This would mean that - unlike sports such as football and rugby where players would need training time - horse racing would be able to restart almost straight away.

“We can be one of the first to go,” he said. “We don’t have Premier League footballers training for six weeks in our sport. Our equine and human athletes are ready to go within a week to help bring live sport back.

“We don’t want to make the case ahead of public opinion. We’re saying we’re ready when you’re ready, when the public health advice is ready. We have to keep working away with government and try to bring racing back when it’s safe to do so.