Newmarket races

The Jockey Club of Newmarket has confirmed that horse racing fans will be back to Newmarket on May 22 in line with the government’s easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

Should there be no hiccups in the meantime, 4,000 spectators will be allowed into the Rowley Mile course for the Saturday, May 22 meeting.

A spokesman for the Jockey Club said: “We are looking forward to welcoming spectators back to the Rowley Mile and July Course in line with government guidance, and continue to work closely with local authorities to ensure we are ready to do so in conjunction with the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

“Should things continue as currently scheduled this would mean we are able to welcome spectators in limited numbers to our fixture on Saturday, May 22.”o fans.

The Jockey Club, runs 15 racecourses around the country and has been badly hit by the pandemic costing them about £90m to date.

A spokesman for the Jockey Club said: “The pandemic cost the Jockey Club around £90m in revenues in 2020 through a combination of the period with no racing and then the bulk of the rest of the year with no spectators.

“This negative financial impact continues into 2021 with the pandemic still with us and no spectators being able to attend race days currently.”