Irish racing, which was on Friday given the go-ahead by the Government to resume on June 8, a week after Britain, does not plan to hang around.
一本道理不卡一二三区The Curragh is set to host the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas on the Friday and Saturday of the first week.
The first meeting back will be at Naas on Monday, June 8, with the Guineas due to be run just a week after its Newmarket counterparts. Jumping action is set to resume at Limerick on June 22, which is roughly a week ahead of Britain, where, since last season was truncated, the new season is set to go again from July 1.
The Irish Derby, traditionally a play-off between the winners of the Derby and French Derby (Prix du Jockey Club) will retain its original position in the calendar on June 27 meaning, for once, it is run before the Epsom and Chantilly Classics which are both scheduled for the first weekend in July.
International participation will be restricted to Irish Group Ones and Twos for next month but, at the moment, anyone travelling over with a horse from England or France will be expected to comply with Irish government protocols and spend 14 days in isolation before being let loose in Ireland.
一本道理不卡一二三区One suspects that will put the kibosh on too many British and French runners because trainers from those countries might regard sending a horse over for the Irish Guineas as too much hassle, particularly in the case of a jockey, although it is believed to be small print which HRI is discussing with its Government.
No one over the age of 70 will be allowed to go at the moment either, which means four of Ireland’s most prominent trainers – Jessica Harrington, Dermot Weld, Jim Bolger and Kevin Prendergast – will not be able to attend in person initially.
一本道理不卡一二三区To help health screening, Irish racing will move to 48-hour declarations, while for the first three weeks racing will be restricted to central racecourses with good stable capacity and, although apprentices will not be able to ride for the first fortnight, because saunas will be closed all jockeys will get some leeway on their weight with a 2lb concession across the board.
一本道理不卡一二三区“There are a lot of new protocols to get used to,” said Fozzy Stack, who has 70 horses ready to run. “But at least we’re going to be back racing and we’ll be able to get a bit of trade going. I guess getting into races might be hard at the start with everyone wanting a run and it might be a bit tricky going back and forth across the Irish Sea, but the headline is that we’re back."