Hunter pursuits will proceed with out newbie jockeys, after a call has been made by the trade’s Covid-19 group.
The British Horseracing Authority stated the races could be scheduled and open to skilled runners solely, each in jumps and on the flat, because of the worsening pandemic.
The information comes simply weeks earlier than the St James’s Place fox hunt on the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, typically referred to as the ‘Amateur Gold Cup’.
Sam Twiston-Davies and Bryony Frost are among the many greatest jockeys to ever win the race, whereas Olympian Victoria Pendleton took half as a part of her “Switching Saddles” marketing campaign in 2016.
An replace from the BHA stated amateurs won’t be able to compete from Saturday, in line with the federal government’s Covid-19 restrictions on elite sport.
“Hunter-hunters will continue to be scheduled but, in accordance with the restrictions described above, will be open only to professional runners,” he stated.
“This consists of conditional runners. The base weights for these races will probably be decreased based mostly on different skilled races and related race circumstances will probably be up to date accordingly. “
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The first hunter hunt for the 2020-21 season is scheduled to happen on January 21, adopted by competitions in Hereford and Warwick in early February.
A spokesperson for the Amateur Jockeys Association stated: ‘With a crucial Covid-19 state of affairs throughout the UK proper now, strict adherence to authorities laws is required for the race to proceed.
“Unfortunately, the title of“ amateur ”prohibits any participation as an newbie jockey.
“The BHA and UK racetracks working collectively because the begin of the pandemic have enabled the race to proceed due to their experience and underneath strict covid protocols.
“We are very grateful to the BHA for his or her help in permitting skilled National Hunt fanatics to take part to this point.
“It needs to be famous that no different newbie sports activities had been allowed throughout this present lockdown besides Olympic sports activities.
“The preservation of Hunter Chases is nice information in these tough instances, being an vital a part of the newbie nationwide hunt calendar.
“With the present point-to-point cease, that is extraordinarily helpful with so many racehorses at present standing nonetheless.
“We are all trying ahead to the lockdown being lifted and again to regular as quickly as potential. “