Racing has been given the go ahead at the Curragh on Sunday despite the heightened restrictions coming into place in County Kildare.
The Irish government confirmed on Friday that no sporting events would be permitted to take place in the counties of Kildare, Offaly and Laois for the next two weeks, which sent the racing world into panic.
However, it was later announced that professional and elite sports will be allowed to continue behind closed doors, which means Sunday's eight-race card at the Curragh, which includes the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes, can go ahead, much to the relief of Horse Racing Ireland chief executive Brian Kavanagh.
"Our racecourses are workplaces and we have very detailed safety procedures in place that have been in operation for over two months now and are working very well," Kavanagh confirmed.
There are three further fixtures due to take place at the Curragh during August, while Naas will stage their next meeting on August 23.
Punchestown is the only other racetrack within the affected area, but there are no meetings scheduled to take place there during August, with the next fixture at the venue coming on October 13.
Article Posted on Saturday 8th August 2020 @ 11.14
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