Tháng Mười 20, 2020

Emma Berry is on Newmarket Heath on Day One of the Ban

Morning, I'm Emma Berry.

I'm the Europeaneditor of TDN.

It's about 6:30 a.

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on the first day of roughly six weeks of noracing in Britain at least.

It's a very similar situation in lots of countriesaround the world.

If we start racing again on the 1st of May it will be theday before first Classic of the British season with the 2000 Guineas followed thenext day by the 1000 Guineas.

That obviously is a big “if” at the moment, we hope thatwe'll get the show back on the road by then.

In the meantime we've lost all theClassic trials and the start of the flat turf season which would have been a weekon a Saturday at Doncaster.

Everyone is fully understanding of the situation, weall have to do what we can to ensure this virus doesn't spread any furtherthan it has already but racing is a big business in this town, I'm here in the middle of Newmarket we have 16 horses in this stable training.

But the town itself has around two and a half thousand of the 14, 000 horsesin training in Britain, so as you can imagine it's a very busy training centreand behind the scenes the show is very much going on.

Horses still have to be exercised, they're mucked-out everyday, staff here in the town have all beenbrilliant carrying on their jobs as best they can.

Hopefully no one is sick yet, those who are obviously would have to go home stay at home.

So far we've got afull team on duty here this morning.

They're just about to pull out the firstlot and I'm gonna head out onto the heath and speak to some people out therefrom a safe distance and see hopefully life carrying on as normal in Britain'sbusiest training centre.

Day one of the coronavirus and enforced shut down andtraining horses is no different because at the moment racing's penciled in toresume in May in six weeks time.

The horses need to betrained and be ready for then if it does resume is another matter.

It's a bit surreal really because we've got all these horses at the beginning of the season ready to run and now we've got to mark time so it's, just watching them canter there, it's just very frustrating.

It's a big change for us.

we'd normally have an all-weather team running andwe've had t pull up stumps for them, but not a lot is going to change in the yard.

We'lltake precautions and measures and there'll be plenty of sanitizing material if you like.

I think it's going to be tough for someone like Charlie who has the 6-4 favourite for the 2000 Guineas, not knowing whther it's going to be run on May the whatever, it could be run in August, or it may not be run at all.

This horse here, Kryptos, was entered in the Lincoln at Doncaster Saturday week, heobviously won't be running.

So the horses who would have been running immediatelyin their program will be slightly different because there's obviously no need forthem to do really strenuous galloping for an immediate future.

But for theother ones that we're just getting ready to resume at some point, basically nodifferent.

The horses will train as normal they're using the heath as normal.

We'll probably cut down a little but on their exercise but hopefully we can carry on whether is it be in six weeks or two months away or whenever, we're ready to start the flat season.

This is something we have to deal with and there's a lot worse going on in the world.

This is our own little bubble, and, like I said, we have to deal with it.

These are very unusual circumstances and nobody knows how it's going to evolve unfortunately.

The fact that the Kentucky Derby is put back to September, I mean we're all trying to read between the lines to see the signs and that's just not a good sign because that completely disjoints their programme.

It's a massive, massive thing for the country and at the moment racing is noton of the principal victims but I mean the main thing is the country has got topull together, the government wants to minimize the chance of coronavirusspreading, and I'm pleased that racing's doing its bit to do that, to make surethere aren't journeys of horses and staff and people around the country.

Financially it complicates matters a lot but the number one thing is that thecountry pulls together and minimizes the damage that coronavirus does and thegovernment is trying to do that.

Racing's got behind the government andwe get behind the VHA to do that and we're 100% on board with that.

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