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French Horse Racing banned again after its resumption

This U-turn measure by the government has halted any racing in Paris and the north, which includes the likes of ParisLongchamp, Auteuil and Chantilly.

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Racing returned in France last week for the first time since the shutdown due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, with races at ParisLongchamp taking place without fans. It throws a major cloud over the upcoming French Classics, including the 1000 and 2000 Guineas set to be run at Longchamp. Trainers and Jockeys wore masks as precautionary measures.

But now in a U-turn measure the government has halted any racing in Paris and the north, which includes the likes of ParisLongchamp, Auteuil and Chantilly.

Some racecourses in France fall outside the designated red-zone - such as Deauville - but whatever the decision made, it will take major upheaval behind the scenes.

France Galop boss Olivier Delloye insisted no fixture would be lost and that contingency plans would quickly be put in place. 

He said in a statement it deeply regrets the impact a forthcoming decree will have on racecourses. He further added it would pre-empt the formal implementation of the restrictions, shutting courses in the designated areas from Thursday, and look to relocate fixtures where possible. 

France has reported more than 179,900 cases of the virus which has killed over 28,200 in the country.


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