French Racing Expected To Be Back On May 11th

France Racing

Racing In France could be back in action as soon as May 11th with France Galop announcing on Tuesday evening that they are looking at plans to get racing back underway behind closed doors as quickly as possible.

Racing has been suspended in France since March 17th and in the light of the suspension of the sport France Galop is looking at getting racing back as soon as possible with strict regulation – only the trainer, jockey and one groom will be permitted on the racecourse for each runner.

No official date has been stated as of yet as to when racing will actually resume the governing body stating on Tuesday that this situation could go on for "as long as necessary."

All horses and jockeys that are based outside of the country will not be able to fly over and take part in the meetings.

It has also been discussed that some racecourses may have to sit it out due to not having the right facilities to cater for safety requirements.

Nicolas Clement, president of the French Trainers Association, said earlier this month that the first four Classics of the season would be rescheduled a month later.

(Credit Racing Post) He added: “There are plans for the Guineas to be the first weekend in June, a French Derby and Oaks early July – so everything will go back a month. We’ll adapt.

“The big question is whether foreign horses will be accepted and we have no idea right now, but we need to get going.”