Earlier this morning the Blog touched on the 'trial' that the BHA was seemingly looking to hold as a first step to getting Owners back on the racecourse when their horse is running; very pleased to say that the BHA made a formal announcement just before lunch to the effect that Owners will be allowed back on the Racecourse from this coming Saturday, the 4th, albeit in a limited way; two 'trials' will be held, at Southwell and Kempton on Wednesday, to test the protocols that our good friends in the BHA have put in place.
The core is that, initially, Owners will be limited to two guys per horse and essentially restricted to dedicated 'owner zones' and with a formal protocol that each Owner has to comply with; as I understand it, at least to begin with, there will be no access to the Paddock before the race, arrival at the Course no earlier than 45 before your race and leave within one hour of it taking place. It is the intention that these necessary, but nevertheless fairly severe restrictions, will be progressively eased as soon as the wider national circumstance allows.
If you follow this link you can see the BHA/RCA/ROA Guide for Owners; just nb that this is quite detailed and, if you are thinking of going to the Racecourse, you will need to follow the parameters laid down in Section B beforehand.
If you go here you see the ROA's Press Release of this morning; this is a really useful read in terms of practical advice on how to actually get on the Racecourse.
Progress!! and everyone at Rowdown devoutly hopes that things will become progressively easier as we go thru the Summer.