It’s been confirmed that English horse racing will be run behind closed doors with no spectators allowed into racecourses from Tuesday . 

Irish horse racing had their first meeting behind closed doors at Dundalk on Friday as they acted on the Coronavirus treat a little earlier.

With the news that the premiership has been postponed until the 3rd of April it’s no surprise that horse racing in England had to do something as many people have not been happy with the huge crowds at Cheltenham over the last four days.

Nick Rust, chief executive of the BHA, said: “Racecourses and racing yards are embedded in their local communities and we are acutely aware of our responsibilities to protect public health.

“The restrictions we are putting in place to close racing to spectators and limit attendees will reduce demand on public services. We also have a range of measures in place designed in response to the government’s guidance on public health and we will continue to update these as appropriate.

“We acknowledge that today’s decision will also impact on local businesses, especially hotels and restaurants, who are struggling at this time. We are following the government’s advice to strike a balance between protecting public health and maintaining business activity and will continue to do so. We thank our customers and staff for their support.”

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