Senior officials are optimistic about the prospect of returning to racing in the near future, after an important week of talks with government figures.
While there are many hinges in the plan to escape the national lock, racing tycoons have found open-minded ministers with the message that the sport is rescheduled to continue in limited days and reintegrated. into the first major sport to function again. There is still a chance to race behind closed doors for the next half a month, but coaches say they have not heard from the British Equestrian Agency about the earliest possible date of return, with Friday May 15 understand is the day.
BHA declined to say anything about the meetings this week, when its chief executive and chairman, Nick Rust and Annamarie Phelps, met with sports minister, Nigel Huddleston, while the health director of BHA, Dr. Jerry Hill, at all sports summit with officials from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports on Friday. But a well-connected source said the mood was about receiving hope for the consequences of those negotiations.
However, German racing canceled its return plan at Dortmund on Monday after failing to guarantee approval. In Ireland it is unclear whether racing can continue from May 18 or June 29, a difference in the interpretation of the periodic return outlined by Leo Varadkar on Friday.
When British motor racing returns, it is expected to be in tightly controlled conditions. I know Jerry Hill has worked tirelessly in racing and with other sports in gathering the necessary measures and establishing related protocols, said Paul Struthers, executive director of Professional Jockeys assembly.
I think there’s a great deal of trust in Dr Hill in our ranks and full trust in PJA in Jerry and his colleagues when they return to racing, that when we return, it will be as safe as possible for all who book on the road.
But equally, jockeys can make individual decisions if it’s something they are uncomfortable with or if they have personal circumstances that they want to minimize the risk of exposure to coronavirus. For example, you might have someone with a partner who is pregnant.