Racing in doubt

Musselburgh may stage key meeting without racegoers

Blair House, Musselburgh

Fans may be excluded from the East Lothian course (pic: Terry Murden)

Musselburgh Racecourse is in talks with the sport’s authorities and the Scottish Government about following Kelso’s decision to stage its next meeting behind closed doors.

The East Lothian course is scheduled to stage the Racing Post Go North meeting on Friday 20 March, but the Scottish Government announced that events of more than 500 people should not take place in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.

It is possible Musselburgh will follow Kelso Racecourse’s lead which has opted to stage its meeting on Monday without any race-goers.

Musselburgh is consulting with the British Horseracing Authority and other relevant stakeholders to establish how it can continue to support the racing industry in a manner which would not be contrary to the Scottish Government ruling.

Musselburgh general manager, Bill Farnsworth, said: “We will follow the guidelines issued by the Scottish Government and explore all options available to us to establish if we can continue racing during this exceptional time.

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