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Talking Horses: Ireland latest country cleared to race from early June

Racing in Ireland has been cleared to resume behind closed doors on 8 June, three weeks earlier than initially scheduled

Racing in Ireland has been cleared to resume behind closed doors on 8 June, three weeks earlier than initially scheduled under the Irish government’s plan to ease its coronavirus lockdown, after the sport’s lobbying to be exempted from a ban on all professional sports until 29 June proved successful. The news means that, if the British Horseracing Authority’s plans to resume from 1 June also succeed, all of Europe’s major racing nations will be back in action by mid-June.

As in Britain, Ireland will resume under strict protocols to stop the spread of Covid-19. Only key personnel will be allowed on course, while “all attendees will be subject to health screening in advance and thermal temperature screening on arrival”, while “anyone presenting with elevated temperatures will be denied access and instructed to consult with their GP”.

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