‘Forgotten’ on-course bookmakers left counting cost of lockdown


Racing in the UK resumes on Monday but behind-closed-doors meetings will bring no respite to one part of the industry

A reduced version of racing’s caravan will roll up to Newcastle for Monday’s resumption, but spectators are not allowed and that means on-course bookmakers must also remain at home. 

Trainers, jockeys and stable staff can get back to work, while high street betting shops could open up in a fortnight. That leaves the bookies who normally work at the track still sidelined and fretting about the future. 

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Written by Chris Cook
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‘Forgotten’ on-course bookmakers left counting cost of lockdown

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