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Horse racing UK: Business as usual until government says otherwise

“Keep calm and kick on” is the maxim racing appears to have adopted in the face of the threat posed by coronavirus, judging by the views expressed on a busy day here as trainers seized the chance to win some decent prize money without competition from the unbeatable Irish. This was almost certainly one of the last fixtures for some time to be staged in front of a paying audience but the professionals can deal with empty grandstands so long as they are allowed to keep racing their horses for the benefit of TV cameras and off-course betting.
 
While the formal advice from the government has not yet changed, Downing Street signalled on Friday that mass gatherings are about to be banned, perhaps by next weekend. Only close friends of Kempton would describe Saturday’s attendance as a mass gathering but a larger number attended Uttoxeter for the Midlands Grand National, won by Truckers Lodge for the Paul Nicholls stable. 
 

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