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Racing trying hard to outrun the virus

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All racing in the UK and France has been cancelled until further notice, but racing has continued in other parts of the world before empty grandstands.


20 Mar 2020
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Racing trying hard to outrun the virus

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Latest responses to the coronavirus threat in horse racing include: A new minimum weight of 45kg for all runners in South Africa (behind closed doors, of course). This is to keep jockeys healthy as the industry tries to protect itself from the disease and follows similar measures in New Zealand and Australia. Jockeys often have to sweat to lose weight to make the handicap impost – thereby weakening immune systems. A ban on live, face-to-face, on-course interviews with trainers and jockeys on the Tellytrack channel. Recorded pre-meeting interviews will be broadcast for the time being – under strict sanitation rules...

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