Boris Johnson and the UK Government have produced a complete u-turn in the last 24 hours. The BHA has announced that from today all UK Horse Racing won’t take place until the end of April.
We only recently wrote a blog post a few days ago about how Matched Betting would change in the weeks ahead. In that blog, it was assumed we’d see Horse Racing behind closed doors at least until the end of this month. That has now changed.
In a statement, Nick Rust said:
“This is a national emergency the like of which most of us have never seen before. We’re a sport that is proud of its connection to rural communities and to the local businesses that support our industry. But our first duty is to the health of the public, our customers and to racing industry participants and staff so we have decided to suspend racing following the government’s latest advice.
“Racing is a family and I know we will pull together over the coming days, weeks and months and support each other. By stopping racing, we can free up medical resources, doctors and ambulances, be they private sector or NHS, to assist in the national effort to fight this virus. And we can support racing industry participants and staff as they face up to the personal challenges ahead and care for their own families.
“There will be difficult months ahead for many of us. We need to focus now on ensuring that we can continue to look after our horses as the virus affects the thousands of participants and staff who dedicate their lives to caring for animals. We need to do what we can to support businesses inside and outside racing and the many people whose livelihoods depend upon this £4 billion industry.
“We are in constant contact with government which understands the very significant consequences of this decision for jobs and businesses. We will work with them to do our best to manage the impact.
“Racing leaders will keep today’s decision under constant review and endeavour to keep all customers, participants, staff and dependent businesses informed as the situation progresses.”
The Sporting World Grinds To A Halt
As it stands, we only have Irish Horse Racing and Greyhound racing behind closed doors at the moment. Who knows how long this will last for when everything else is canceled. Hopefully, we can bounce back but it remains to be seen what happens to the Premier League from the 3rd of April too – a date that surely looks increasingly unlikely.
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