Closed-door race meeting at Kelso

Monday’s (March 16) fixture at Kelso Racecourse is set to take place behind closed doors – but it’s nothing to do with horses having bolted.

Friday, 13th March 2020, 4:00 pm
Kelso Racecourse

The industry is seeking clarity from the Scottish Government following the First Minister’s statement in relation to measures to delay the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Managing director Jonathan Garratt said: “Although racing seems likely to continue in front of a crowd south of the border, the situation in relation to outdoor gatherings in Scotland is unclear.

“We remain optimistic that, once the appropriate procedures for staging racing are agreed with the Scottish Government, we may be able to welcome racegoers at our valuable fixture on Saturday, March 21.

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“However, there is a lack of clarity and we are receiving a large volume of calls from racegoers who are seeking advice about travel and accommodation.

“In order to give everyone greater certainty over the weekend, we have taken the decision to run Monday’s fixture behind closed doors.”

The First Minister announced Scottish Government advice yesterday (Thursday) that events attracting more than 500 people should be cancelled from Monday onwards.

Mr Garratt said: “We are planning to proceed as scheduled, as it is vital for the racing industry and everyone employed in related businesses.

“I hope, therefore, we will be well supported by the racehorse owners and trainers.

“Our intention is to remain within the capacity figure of 500 people referenced by the First Minister.

“This will include essential racecourse staff, medical and veterinary staff, jockeys, officials and those accompanying the horses.”

A decision has not been made in relation to racehorse owners, although it may be feasible to include some connections within the figure of 500 people.

Owners who are keen to attend Kelso are invited to e-mail [email protected]