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When Will Horse Racing Resume in Britain and Ireland? Key Dates

  • Written by David Bet
When will UK horse racing fixtures resume? We are sure you are wondering this. We have good news for you as the resumption of racing in Britain might not be too far away. Racing’s industry leaders are now planning for racing to resume behind closed doors on 1 June, with the first meeting set to be hosted at Newcastle..


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When Will UK Racing Fixtures Resume? 

Horse racing meetings were halted on March 18, before the government introduced the lockdown measures. The restrictions are due to be reviewed in the first decade of May. General consensus was on horse racing to return in May but in the last week there has bee a shift towards June.

Many believe that the sport will return in UK next September, much later compared to other countries. Sweden, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan and many US racetracks have continued behind closed doors, while horse racing in France has resumed on Monday 11th May.

So, when will racing resume in the UK?

In its latest update, the British Horseracing Authority’s Flat Pattern Committee revealed plans to resume racing on 1st June. Only key personnel are present at the meetings, and face coverings will be mandatory. Reduction in prize money will be inevitable with no crowds on racecourses and betting shops closed.

Newcastle is expected to host the first British meeting behind closed doors on 1 June.

This is the proposed Week 1 meetings.

Meanwhile, Irish horse racing is set to resume behind closed doors at Naas on 8 June after a two-and-a-half-month absence. For the first 3 weeks, racing will be restricted to 9 courses which are more centrally located to minimise travel distances.

Horse Racing Returns: Key Dates


The following are the key dates:
  • June 1: British racing resumes
  • June 6: 2000 Guineas (British)
  • June 7: 1000 Guineas (British)
  • June 8: Irish racing resumes
  • June 12: 2000 Guineas (Irish)
  • June 13: 1000 Guineas (Irish)
  • June 16-20: Royal Ascot
  • June 27: Irish Derby
  • July 4: Derby & Oaks
  • July 5: Eclipse

Probably, races will be scheduled with a maximum of 12 runners per race, contested by senior jockeys only. That should reduce the potential risk of putting extra pressure on the NHS.

Plus, the Flat season could be extended beyond its normal end date this year, which was scheduled to be November 7.

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Are there any horse races today?

If UK horse racing is on hiatus, you can still enjoy horse racing around the world (Hong Kong, France, Sweden, Australia, USA, and many more). Read here how to watch and bet on US horse racing.

Can I bet on International Horse Racing?

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