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BHA extended suspension of racing and the impact on UK Arabian racing

Last week the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced that the suspension of racing, which is due to finish at the end of April, is to be extended. The BHA did not set a new date for ending the suspension, but plans are in place so that the sport is ready to resume as soon as is possible and appropriate in consultation with government. The BHA remain in constant contact with government and are ready to respond quickly. The BHA has been working with trainers, racecourses and other participants, including the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO), to develop a phased plan for resumption which will allow the sport to transition back to its normal fixture list later in the year. The ARO 2020 season was due to commence last Friday, April 17th. ARO have been liaising with the BHA as to when the season may commence and in order to give clarity to participants and supporters of Arabian racing, we can confirm there will be no Arabian racing until 1 July 2020 at the earliest. Any further updates will be issued via the ARO website in due course.

- Debbie Burt , Posted on 23 April 2020