Guineas and Derby meetings to take place later in the season, announces Jockey Club | Horse racing news

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The first four classics of the British Flat season will be delayed and scheduled for later in the season, the Jockey Club announced Tuesday afternoon.

The 2,000 and 1,000 Qipco Guineas, scheduled for the weekend of May 2 and 3, and the Investec Oaks and Derby, on June 5 and 6, will be held at a later date to be announced after the lifting of the suspension of British races by the BHA.

The Jockey Club is in talks with the BHA and other key stakeholders regarding possible future dates.

British racing is currently on hold until at least May 1 following the coronavirus pandemic.

A statement from Phil White, London regional director for the Jockey Club racetracks, indicates that there may be logistical difficulties preventing the Derby festival from being held behind closed doors. The Downs, in the middle of the racetrack, is a public space, so it would be difficult to regulate members of the public who congregate in this area.

The Derby has been held at Epsom for each season since the Second World War, Dante in 1945 was the last winner when the race was held in Newmarket.

Epsom: Derby has been run on the track each season for the past 74 years
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White said: “Following consultation with our many event stakeholders and in order to comply with current government guidelines, given the unique nature of the Downs as a public space, it is unfortunately not practical to ” organize the Investec Derby Festival on June 5 and 6.

“We are now working with sport to explore our options to reschedule, at a minimum, The Investec Derby and Investec Oaks, as part of delivering the 2020 Classic program for three-year-olds. We thank everyone involved for their pragmatism and patience as we work together thanks to this. “

The Jockey Club also stresses that it hopes to have adequate spacing between the two classic games. Currently, the gap is six weeks.

Amy Starkey, Eastern Regional Director for Jockey Club Racetracks, said, “Less than a month away from Qipco Guineas, trainers need to know if they need to speed up preparations for their Guinean horses or put them in break for a later date.

“The future is too uncertain at the moment and there is no opportunity for preparatory races before such important competitions for the 2020 Classic generation.

“Therefore, we believe that the time has come to make the decision to cancel the Qipco Guineas festival and to turn our attention to determining, in collaboration with the BHA, participants and stakeholders, the first possible opportunity to reprogram the races. “

Most of the bookmakers’ pre-post general conditions state that a bet will be maintained if a race has been rescheduled at the same racetrack. However, the bet will be void if the race takes place on a different track.

Classic races in Japan could also be adjusted. Japanese racing officials will decide whether this weekend’s meet can be scheduled as scheduled at a meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday morning.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday granted emergency powers to local officials in Tokyo and several adjacent regions, with a range of measures, including closing schools and restricting movement of people, available to them officials.

The state of emergency is not as serious as the blockages in Europe and does not automatically mean the end of the races, as the sport has continued in camera and therefore does not constitute a public gathering.

The JRA is scheduled to hold the season’s opening classic, Oka Sho (1,000 Guineas), in Hanshin, Hyogo Prefecture, one of those covered by emergency measures on Sunday.


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FIRST PUBLICATION 4:13 p.m., APRIL 7, 2020

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