As horses return to Goodwood, see how racing bosses have ensured the sport's safe return

Racing will return to Goodwood Racecourse on Sunday with an eight-race card, which will take place behind closed doors and marks the first action at the West-Sussex track since last September.

Saturday, 13th June 2020, 5:03 pm
They're back in action at Goodwood on Sunday - and all eight races are on TV / Picture: Tommy McMillan

The racecourse will remain closed to the public and all staff and racing personnel attending will have to undergo rigorous health screening before entering the course and adhere to new on-course protocols to maintain safety and minimise the spread of infection.

Ed Arkell, Clerk of the Course at Goodwood Racecourse, said: “Our number one priority in starting to race behind closed doors again is the safety of all of our staff and participants, the public and the NHS.

"Working with the regulator, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), we have put in place stringent safety measures on course including a three stage health screening process; one way systems for horses and people on course and social distancing measures in areas such as the jockeys’ changing rooms.”

All eight races are on TV - four on ITV4, the rest on Racing TV.

A video overview of the safety measures in place at all British racecourses can be viewed here. This includes interviews with the BHA’s Chief Executive and Chief Medical Adviser who has been working with government and public health officials on the safety measures.

Our Goodwood tips: 12.00 Queen of the Sea, 12.35 Grand Bazaar, 1.10 Kohinoor, 1.45 Caspian Queen, 2.20 Moyassar, 2.55 Noble Fox, 3.25 Glenties,3.55 Emissary.