Runners withdrawn as Leicester goes forward

Runners withdrawn as Leicester goes ahead

Leicester is staging a nine-race card from 16:40 BST on Tuesday

Several runners have been withdrawn by trainers from racing at Leicester after Tuesday’s assembly was cleared to go forward regardless of new metropolis lockdown guidelines.

The nine-race night fixture is happening after session between native well being authorities and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

But native coach Mick Appleby stated: “I cannot believe racing is still going ahead.

“For the security of all my workers, I’ve determined to withdraw all my runners.”

Appleby’s trio of horses were among 17 runners from a total of 121 to be declared non-runners.

Leicester has been placed back under lockdown measures after a spike in Covid-19 cases in the area.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced on Monday evening that all non-essential businesses would have to close again, with schools also closing from Thursday.

A BHA spokesman stated: “Local authorities confirmed on Tuesday morning that, as racecourses are a workplace, and strict security standards are in place, in the present day’s [Tuesday’s] fixture at Leicester racecourse has been given permission to go forward.

“The fixture is being held behind closed doors. Only essential personnel are permitted to work at racing fixtures at present, and our guidelines require attendees to have little or no contact with the local community. Attendees are expected go straight to and from the venue.

“Every attendee undergoes a stringent three-stage medical screening course of. Strict social distancing measures are in place.

“The health of participants and the public was uppermost in determining the procedures we have put in place for all race meetings.”

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