UK Racing has set out its own roadmap for the return of owners and spectators to English racecourses, with the end of March and the middle of May pencilled in for the two groups.

The plans to allow owners back from March 29, in line with the government timetable to permit larger gatherings outdoors, means this year’s Cheltenham Festival will be run entirely behind closed doors, as will the opening day of the Flat turf season at Doncaster on March 27.

Spectators will not be back until May 17 at the earliest, with the BHA planning to admit racegoers when the government enters stage three of its strategy for lifting lockdown, which is based on ministers being satisfied with infection and vaccination rates.

Full report in Racing Post.

Photo: Ruth Carr Racing.

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