Cork racecourse to become coronavirus testing centre

• Horse racing is suspended in Ireland until April 19
• Sustained period without racing is ‘potentially catastrophic’

Cork racecourse will become a testing centre for coronavirus from Thursday morning as Irish racing lends its support to government efforts to stop the spread of the virus, following the suspension of all racing in Ireland until at least April 19.

Horse Racing Ireland, which was forced to abandon its programme of staging race meetings behind closed doors on Tuesday by new government restrictions on sporting events, also said in a statement on Wednesday that it is “working … to identify other elements of racing’s personnel and infrastructure that could be used in the co-ordinated reaction to the crisis.”

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