French racing cleared to resume on Monday

France Galop gets the go-ahead after Friday talks.

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Racing will resume in France as scheduled on Monday despite a last-minute threat to the plan.

A report on Friday suggested a late challenge may be made to the Government’s decision to allow racing to return, with France Galop and its trotting equivalent confirming they had been in discussions regarding the resumption plans.

However, France Galop president Edouard de Rothschild tweeted late on Friday night to confirm clearance had been given for the action to recommence.

He said: “I wanted to win this race more than any of the others. Together we did it! Resumption of races is accepted. Let’s show them that they were right!”

In the tweet, Rothschild thanked French President Emmanuel Macron, his prime minister and minister of agriculture, as well as former presidential candidate Francois Bayrou and the mayor of Deauville, Philippe Augier.

France Galop echoed those sentiments in a statement issued on Saturday, while the authority also underlined the importance of all participants adhering to the strict hygiene policies in place at all meetings.

The statement said: “France Galop, LeTROT and the National Federation of horse racing have received the government authorities’ definitive approval for the resumption of racing in France behind closed doors from May 11, in accordance with the program established by the racing authorities.

“The racing authorities welcome the decision made by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron and would like to thank Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, as well as Ministers Didier Guillaume and Gérald Darmanin for their intervention and support of the industry.

“The parent companies would like to point out the importance of respecting the barrier gestures at the racecourses and thank everyone involved for following the sanitary procedures to the letter, which is crucial for the resumption of racing.”

Racing has been on hold in France since March due to the coronavirus crisis, but ParisLongchamp, Compiegne and Toulouse will restart the action, with the first-named card boasting four Group races.

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