RACING will take place on Monday in France despite a last minute fright.
On Friday morning, rumors spread that the French government was rethinking its decision to allow the return of racing.
And they were later supported by reports in the French media that professional football figures, suspended until September in France, had challenged the decision to let the race resume.
This led to frantic meetings throughout Friday between France Galop and the government, which had previously given the green light to the sport.
France Galop President Edouard de Rothschild tweeted late Friday evening to confirm that authorization had been given for the action to resume.
He said, “I wanted to win this race more than any of the others. Together, we did it! Resumption of races is accepted. Let’s show them they were right! “
In the tweet, Rothschild thanked French President Emmanuel Macron, his Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture, as well as former presidential candidate François Bayrou and the mayor of Deauville, Philippe Augier.
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The race has been suspended in France since March due to the coronavirus crisis, but Longchamp, Compiègne and Toulouse will relaunch the action, the first named card offering four Group races.
Undefeated Group 1 winner Victor Ludorum and the hero of the French Derby Sottsass are among the names of the stars on display.
Racing resumed in Germany on Thursday with a 12-race card in Hanover, but there is some doubt about the resumption of racing in Britain and Ireland.
In the Betfair Exchange market “Will Racing resumes on or before June 1”, “Yes” drifted significantly to 7-4.
The BHA will meet Monday to discuss the implications of the Boris Johnson address on Sunday evening.