Talking Horses: all systems go for a strange and unsettling return

You don’t share tack any more, you don’t share brushes, you don’t share anything, according to Michael Caulfield, a former Professional Jockeys Association chief executive

Two-and-a-half months after the last race in Great Britain before lockdown, racing is on course to resume at Newcastle next Monday, when jockeys will become the first professionals in a major British sport to go public since mid-March.

Everything about the experience will be strange and unsettling, from temperature checks on arrival to physical distancing in the weighing room and stalls handlers wearing face masks. So how will riders respond to the physical and mental demands of going back to work on 1 June?

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