The British Horseracing Authority announced on Monday that racing will return behind closed doors in Wales on June 15.

Racing will recommence at Chepstow with Bangor-on-Dee to race when the summer jumps season begins in July, while Ffos Las will open in October. The fixtures will follow the strict protocols and procedures developed by the BHA.

Nick Rust, BHA Chief Executive, said: “I’m delighted to see the return of racing in Wales at Chepstow next month as ensuring that racing gets back up and running in all three nations of Britain has been a priority of the BHA in recent weeks as we look to maintain our nationwide footprint and provide opportunities for trainers based in devolved administrations.

“The focus of our plans is on returning safely and I believe the public can be reassured by the measures we have put in place. Our participants have made sure they understand all that will be asked of them when they attend a meeting. Their priority, like ours, is to ensure continue observance of social distancing rules and prevent the virus spreading.

“I hope this is a vital first step towards a complete return for our industry in Wales and we look forward to returning to race at Ffos Las and Bangor-on-Dee later in 2020.”

Phil Bell, Executive Director of Chepstow and Ffos Las racecourses, added: “We are delighted to welcome the return of racing in Wales. There will be a lot of work to do for everyone to adapt the way we run race meetings and meet the stringent safety requirements that have been set out by the BHA, but we are very much looking forward to meeting the challenge and getting back to work.”