Newcastle Draws 369 Entries On First British Raceday Back


Newcastle racecourse has drawn up 369 entries for its meeting on June 1st with the first meeting back in Britain since March 17th turning into a very hot affair.

The British Horseracing Authority is aiming to start the sport on June 1st, subject to Government approval, but it is looking more than likely that racing will return to action next month.

The six-furlong Callerton Novice Stakes and the 10-furlong Annitsford Maiden Stakes, both for three-year-olds and older, are the most popular on the eight-race card, getting 64 and 68 contenders respectively.

The Hazelrigg Handicap over 12 furlongs has drawn the smallest entry with 29 which is still close to double the normal amount of entries the race has received previously.

However, all races are limited to 12 runners as the BHA tries to minimise any risks in the initial return to racing but in the first meeting it has received enough entries to see the races take place twice over.