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International Horse Racing

  • NZ trainers allowed to continue to operate

    New Zealand trainers can continue to work their horses while racing is shut down under government guidelines. From midnight Wednesday, New Zealand will move to COVID-19 alert level 4 with only essential services permitted to operate. NZ Thoroughbred Racing has issued a statement outlining conditions. “Our advice from the Ministry… Read More »

  • Horse training to continue in Britain

    British trainers are being advised to continue exercising their horses and adhere strictly to social-distancing requirements, following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement of new measures to combat the spread of coronavirus. Johnson said the vast majority of the public must stay at home until further notice. A list of key… Read More »

  • Irish racing among sports cancelled

    Racing in Ireland has been cancelled for at least a month along with all other sports during the coronavirus crisis. The Flat season got underway earlier this week with the public locked out but the Irish government said it would be off until at least April 19. Racing in Britain… Read More »

  • Ireland and Canada halt horse racing

    And the domino effect is in play again. As of Wednesday, horse racing in both Ireland and Canada will shut down. Australia remains one of the last bastions of strength available for global punters. Ireland tried to stay going on behind closed doors but the government stepped in and ordered… Read More »

  • British authorities stopped racing too soon

    Trainer Mark Johnston says British authorities acted too soon to close racing down over the coronavirus pandemic. While racing continues to take place behind closed doors in Ireland and Northern Ireland, the ruling body of British racing last week announced a shutdown in the rest of the UK until the… Read More »

  • NZ racing to close for at least a month

    All racing in New Zealand is to be shut down for four weeks as the country moves to level four of the Covid-19 alert system. New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, Harness Racing New Zealand, Greyhound Racing New Zealand and the TAB, have met to discuss what steps the industry needs to… Read More »

  • Golden Sixty in barnstorming Hong Kong Derby win

    Golden Sixty has become the second horse to complete Hong Kong’s four-year-old triple crown, nabbing Playa Del Puente on the line in the Derby. Racing has continued in Hong Kong throughout the coronavirus pandemic but with the traditional large crowds locked out. The Derby meeting on Sunday is one of… Read More »

  • The prestigious Dubai World Cup meeting cancelled

    The prestigious Dubai World Cup meeting is the latest major event to be cancelled over the coronavirus pandemic. The race meeting, with prize money of $35 million and featuring the $12 million Dubai World Cup, had been scheduled to go ahead behind closed doors with appropriate protocols in place. But… Read More »

  • British stable staff facing redundancies

    The closure of racing in Britain is having a huge effect on stable staff with reports of redundancies already rife. George McGrath, chief executive of the National Association of Racing Staff, has been inundated with calls for help from his members since Tuesday’s announcement racing was to cease until at… Read More »

  • Coronavirus puts Dubai World Cup meeting in doubt

    The United Arab Emirates has suspended all sporting events to prevent the spread of coronavirus, raising doubts about whether the Dubai World Cup will go ahead this month. Many professional and amateur sporting events across the country have already been cancelled because of the deadly virus. Dubai World Cup organisers… Read More »

  • Coronavirus changing racing around the world

    Racing globally is an almost daily changing feast, with two significant things happening in the sport overnight. Firstly, both Ireland and Canada have decided to follow the Australian lead and continue racing. With all English and French tracks closing, the decision by Ireland to remain active surprised many. And it’s… Read More »

  • US jockeys to avoid Dubai World Cup meeting

    Three prominent American jockeys will miss the upcoming Dubai World Cup in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Irad Ortiz jr, Luis Saez and Tyler Gaffalione will not travel to the United Arab Emirates for the world’s richest day of racing on March 28. Saez’s agent, Richie DePass, said the… Read More »

  • Ireland to continue racing behind closed doors

    Irish trainers have backed the decision to let racing continue behind closed doors despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The British Horseracing Authority has announced the suspension of all racing in the UK until the end of April but the ruling body of Irish racing has decided to keep the show… Read More »

  • Kentucky Derby moved to Sept due to virus

    The Kentucky Derby, the first jewel in North American horse racing’s Triple Crown, has been postponed to September 5 from May due to the coronavirus outbreak, Churchill Downs says. It marks only the second time in the race’s 146-year history that the ‘Run for the Roses’ has been postponed and… Read More »

  • British horse racing suspended until the end of April

    British racing authorities have moved to assure participants efforts will be made to financially support them during the sport’s suspension. The British Horseracing Authority has called racing off until the end of April because of the coronavirus pandemic. BHA chief executive Nick Rust says the governing body will meet with… Read More »

  • National cancellation to cost racing millions

    British bookmakers say the cancellation of the Grand National because of the coronavirus outbreak will be devastating to the racing industry. Jockey Club Racecourses have announced the biggest betting race of the year – which would have featured Tiger Roll going for a hat-trick of wins – will not take… Read More »

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