Red light for Paris races

Racing suspended at Paris courses

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Racing suspended at Paris courses

Racing in Paris, including at Longchamp, Saint-Cloud, Chantilly and Auteuil, has been suspended by the French government.

Racing resumed on 11 May, but officials have now said that any track that is located within a coronavirus red zone must stop staging meetings. Racecourses in other zones, such as Deauville, are free to race on.

With racing able to continue in the south and west of the country, France Galop is looking to reschedule meetings at alternate venues.

A statement from the authority said: “After obtaining permission to resume racing on May 11, the parent companies learned during the day that a government decree specifying the terms and conditions for the opening of the racecourses would be published in the next few days.

“This decree should specify that horseracing is indeed carried out in the departments located in the green zones, but not in those located in the red zones. The regions in red are Ile-de-France, Hauts-de-France, Grand-Est and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.

“While the resumption of racing is reinforced by this decree to be published, the parent companies and the Fédération Nationale des Courses Hippiques deeply regret that the racecourses located in the red zones cannot operate.

“The reinforced closed-door protocol and all sanitary measures have also been scrupulously respected since the resumption of racing on May 11. Regular controls have been carried out and have not revealed any problems.

“However, the parent companies take note of this decision, which regulates the conditions for the resumption of horseracing, and will apply the new directives from Thursday.

“Some prefectures, such as Paris, have already anticipated the publication of the decree by notifying France Galop and LeTrot this morning of the decision to prohibit the opening of their racecourses.

“The teams are working on plans to rearrange the May and June calendar and will announce as soon as possible where the races that were scheduled in the red zones will be held. This calendar will be subject to changes as soon as a red department turns green.”

Olivier Delloye, CEO of France Galop, is hopeful no meetings will be lost as a result of the decision.

ParisLongchamp was scheduled to race on Thursday and it is also due to stage the French Guineas meeting on June 1. – sportingpost.com

 

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