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Grand National festival cancelled due to coronavirus

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Jockey Davy Russell celebrates after riding Tiger Roll to victory in the Grand National Handicap Chase horse race on the final day of the Grand National.

Image credit: Eurosport

ByReuters
16/03/2020 at 20:48 | Updated 16/03/2020 at 21:06

The Grand National horse racing festival due to be held from April 2 to April 4 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Jockey Club said in a statement on Monday.

"Following the Government’s new public health guidance regarding avoiding social contact and stopping non-essential travel, and its statement that emergency services are withdrawn from supporting mass gatherings from tomorrow (Tuesday), the Jockey Club has decided that it is no longer appropriate to stage the event," it said.

Earlier on, the British Horseracing Authority had confirmed that all racing events would be held behind closed doors until the end of March.

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