At the request of central Government, the governing body of racing, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) continues to develop a plan for the resumption of racing, under strict “behind closed doors” protocols.
To best facilitate this plan, a new provisional national fixture list was published by the BHA on Friday 22nd May covering dates from 1st June to the end of August, it is intended to help trainers prepare their horses and track operators prepare their racecourses.
This draft fixture list allocates slots to Beverley Racecourse starting on Thursday 11 June with 9 fixtures through to the end of August.
To create the national flexibility required by this new fixture list, unfortunately it does mean that the scheduled racedays with a crowd for June and July have been cancelled. Racegoers who had booked in advance for any of these race days will be automatically given a full refund – there is no need to contact us regarding this.
As Ladies Day remains on its original date of Wednesday 12 August and lies over two months away, there is no need to rush to any changes. Beverley Racecourse will respond to any updated advice from either Government or the BHA, as the nation continues its response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Racegoers are asked to remain patient in respect of our August racedays.
It is to be stressed that racing nationally will only resume after the current phase of lockdown restrictions have been eased, moreover would only be on the basis of having full support from Government and Public Health Authorities.
The planning remains rightly focused on the health of those delivering the activity, its participants and the wider public. There is an understandable high level of detail in what is an evolving operational plan for Beverley’s first raceday under this new fixture list. The focus is on the appropriate health screening regime before the event and on arrival, rigorous cleaning procedures across the venue and adherence to social distancing measures.
In terms of any fixtures held “behind closed doors” at Beverley Racecourse, these would be strictly not for the public events and spectators are urged not to attend. To this effect, in conjunction with the Pasture Masters, temporary closures will be placed on the common land directly adjacent to the racecourse and the Hurn in the centre of the course and we sincerely thank you in advance for your co-operation in not using these areas on racedays.
We really hope to be able to welcome you all to Beverley Races before too long.