Elite sport seems to have an exemption but they still have to get workers on site between Friday and Saturday racing to do cleaning, maintenance groundworks etc. How will that work? And will stable staff be happy to travel from Tier 1 areas with horses even if they are allowed to?
Elite sport seems to have an exemption but they still have to get workers on site between Friday and Saturday racing to do cleaning, maintenance groundworks etc. How will that work? And will stable staff be happy to travel from Tier 1 areas with hors
Confusion reigns over owners' ability to attend weekend meetings in Tier 3 areas Doncaster: racing on Friday and Saturday, with the South Yorkshire area becoming Tier 3 on Saturday D 1 of 1 By Jack Haynes UPDATED 12:01PM, OCT 21 2020
Owners with intended runners at Doncaster and Aintree this weekend have been left in the dark about whether they will be able to attend the high-profile meetings.
Conflicting messages have been received by owners who are members of the Racehorse Owners Association, in contrast to advice posted on the National Trainers Federation website.
The ROA states owners can attend but will have to travel separately in individual household bubbles. The advice also says owners can only mix with those in their household bubble on course and must wear face masks in all areas apart from when seated at a table.
Having previously posted that owners cannot attend meetings staged in Tier 3 areas, the NTF has updated its website this morning and now states the BHA has been asked to provide appropriate guidance to owners in light of the new restrictions in Wales and the increasing number of areas in England raised to Tier 3.
It is understood stakeholders are staging a meeting on Wednesday to clarify the situation.
The situation has drawn criticism on social media, with John Dance, whose company Vertem Asset Management sponsors the two-day meeting at Doncaster, highlighting the confusion.
Dance tweeted: “NTF – no owners at Tier 3 courses, ROA – owners allowed but only 1 household, TJC – couldn't be more vague, BHA –no comment. Sponsors not allowed to the expensive Group 1 they've supported. Bookies PR can attend same card in green (participants) zone. Racing in a nutshell right there.”
Owners Carl Hinchy and Dave Armstrong have entries at Aintree on Sunday and also tweeted about the uncertainty around owners attending the fixture.
The Old Roan Chase card at Aintree is the first meeting at the Merseyside track since Becher Chase day in December.
Confusion reigns over owners' ability to attend weekend meetings in Tier 3 areasDoncaster: racing on Friday and Saturday, with the South Yorkshire area becoming Tier 3 on SaturdayD1 of 1By Jack HaynesUPDATED 12:01PM, OCT 21 2020 Owners with intended