Horse racing return will ‘save the industry’

Horse racing return will ‘save the industry’

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The return of horse racing in England from Monday will help save many livelihoods and businesses, says the sport’s governing body.

A race meeting in Newcastle will be one of the first events to resume after the government gave the go-ahead for professional sport to return behind closed doors.

The British Horseracing Authority said its industry, which employs about 20,000 people and mostly in rural areas, has “been put in jeopardy” by the pandemic.

“There is still a tough battle ahead before we can get fully back in business but this is a resilient and world-leading industry and we are ready for the task,” said BHA chief executive Nick Rust.

British racing was suspended on 18 March, following the conclusion of the Cheltenham Festival.

Professor Tim Spector, the scientist leading the UK’s largest Covid-19 tracking project, believes “people probably died prematurely” because of the decision to allow the four-day Festival to go ahead.

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