Talking Horses: would punters be willing to wear masks at the races?


Nobody is allowed on to a French racecourse without a mask and that could soon be the same at British tracks

Pinatubo was back in the winner’s enclosure for the first time since his dominant two-year-old campaign in Sunday’s Prix Jean Prat at Deauville and his return to winning form also coincided with the return of paying spectators to French racecourses following a government decision on Saturday to allow total attendance of up to 5,000 people at sports stadia.

As a result, television viewers gained a sense of what racing will look like when lockdown restrictions in Britain begin to ease sufficiently to get at least some paying spectators back on track. The experience of watching racing behind closed doors does not jar nearly so much as football without the noise and colour of packed stands as a backdrop, but it was still quite thrilling – for this viewer, at least – to see people lining the Deauville running rail in the final two furlongs of the big race, and then applauding Pinatubo and William Buick as they returned to unsaddle.

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Written by Greg Wood
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