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Fixtures last took place in Britain on March 17, behind closed doors at Wetherby and Taunton, before meetings were put on hold until May 1 at the earliest (stock photo)

Fixtures last took place in Britain on March 17, behind closed doors at Wetherby and Taunton, before meetings were put on hold until May 1 at the earliest (stock photo)

Fixtures last took place in Britain on March 17, behind closed doors at Wetherby and Taunton, before meetings were put on hold until May 1 at the earliest (stock photo)

British Horseracing Authority chief executive Nick Rust has reiterated that racing will be ready to resume as soon as it is safe to do so.

Fixtures last took place in Britain on March 17, behind closed doors at Wetherby and Taunton, before meetings were put on hold until May 1 at the earliest.

That suspension has now been extended, to an as yet unspecified date, and crowds will not be expected on racecourses until at least June, with a phased reintroduction on the Flat taking place behind closed doors.

Rust said: "As soon as we are clear in our daily discussions with Government that we are able to return we will be ready.

"When we have the right conditions we will be able to resume racing in as good a form as we can, which will be behind closed doors, will mean social distancing and is likely to mean there will be some restrictions on tracks and runners and where we race.

"We have planned for a number of scenarios and are ready to go. Sport has to listen to what Government is signalling and it needs to follow the advice from Government, but we are talking to Government every day and we are ready to resume."

Belfast Telegraph