Horse racing fans were delighted last week as it was revealed that the sport would be returning to France. However, now there seems to be a fresh setback for the organisers who were hoping that the sport could return to normal. It has been revealed that some of the courses could be banned from holding events.
Due to this the government approval that had been put in place has now been withdrawn for some of the courses. Among those that are set to be affected include Auteuil, Longchamp and Saint-Cloud. Because of the uncertainty of whether the courses could be able to host events, the 1,000 and 20,000 French Guineas could be moved to Deauville. The announcement regarding the plan is set to be announced in due course.
Horse Racing In Europe Badly Affected
Horse racing in Europe has been hit hard by the outbreak of the coronavirus. The decision to announce that racing in the United Kingdom would be suspended came just days after the end of the Cheltenham Festival. Many experts have issued warning that Gold Cup day at the festival could have been one of the main reasons that the UK was hit so hard by the virus.
However, organisers for the festival remain adamant that their decision to go ahead with the prestigious day of racing followed the government guidelines at the time. Pressure was put on the Jockey Club after footballer Charlie Austin and Andrew Parker Bowles both showed symptoms after attending the racing at the festival. The following day after the conclusion to the Cheltenham Festival saw the Midlands Grand National take place. However, the Grand National itself at Aintree was cancelled a few days later, with a virtual national taking place instead with all proceeds going towards the NHS.
When Could Racing Return To Normal In The UK?
There are plans in place for racing to return on the 1st June, but events will be taking place behind closed doors. It has already been revealed that the upcoming Royal Ascot meeting, which was due to take place between the 16th and 20th June, will be taking place. It was revealed by organisers a number of months ago that they had decided to press ahead for plans for the festival, but also revealed that there would be no fans in attendance for the day.
Gamblers will already be looking ahead to the festival, as some of the most prestigious races on the flat in the UK are due to take place. It has already been teased that sprinters Hello Youmzain and Glass Slippers will be heading to the event. Hello Youmzain will be one of the leading chances in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at this year’s event.
In 2019 he finished third in the Commonwealth Cup. It was revealed that their plans for the event had been affected by the outbreak of the coronavirus, with a meeting at York having been the initial plan. However, the superstar will not head straight to Ascot for the illustrious meeting.