British Horceracing Authority make unprecedented call to ABANDON five meets amid ‘extreme heat’

British Horseracing Authority take unprecedented decision to ABANDON five meetings following the Met Office’s ‘extreme heat’ warning… with temperatures tipped to hit 106F on Monday

  • The BHA has called off five horse racing fixtures across Monday and Tuesday 
  • Beverley, Windsor, Chelmsford City, Southwell, Wolverhampton meets are off
  • The UK Met Office has issued the first ever ‘Red’ warning about extreme heat 

The British Horceracing Authority (BHA) have cancelled five meetings on Monday and Tuesday next week after a national emergency was declared, with temperatures close to 40°C predicted by the Met Office.

The fixtures at Beverley and Windsor on Monday and Chelmsford, Southwell and Wolverhampton on Tuesday have been called off.

All the affected meetings are in or close to the Met Office’s Red Zone, where the temperature is predicted to be at its most extreme.

The BHA have taken the unprecedented decision to abandon five horse racing meets in the wake of Met Office 'Red' warnings about extreme high temperatures on Monday and Tuesday

The BHA have taken the unprecedented decision to abandon five horse racing meets in the wake of Met Office ‘Red’ warnings about extreme high temperatures on Monday and Tuesday

A BHA statement read: ‘The affected courses fall either within the warning area or are situated nearby and so, with a view to the wellbeing of human and equine participants, as well as owners, staff and customers, a decision has been taken that the fixtures should not go ahead as scheduled.’

BHA’s CEO Richard Wayman said: ‘The BHA’s number one priority in the staging of any meeting is the wellbeing of all involved, human and equine. 

‘Following the issuing of the first ever extreme heat warning by the Met Office, we are taking sensible precautions and have made a decision as soon as possible in order to provide certainty for those impacted.’ 

Fixtures at Beverley, Windsor, Chelmsford City, Southwell and Wolverhampton are now off

Fixtures at Beverley, Windsor, Chelmsford City, Southwell and Wolverhampton are now off

There will be two meetings in Britain on Monday — at Ayr in Scotland and Cartmel in the Lake District.

The only meeting on Tuesday will be at Musselburgh.

As well as racing in extreme heat, there had been concerns at having to transport horses around the country in sweltering temperatures.

Monday is forecasted to reach 106F, or around 40-41C, which would make it Britain’s hottest day ever.

Schools are trying to protect pupils from the heat with sports days cancelled and bans on PE lessons outdoors.

And similarly, professional sport is now taking steps to protect its participants. 

Temperatures are expected to hit 40C (106F) in London next Tuesday, which would be a record

Temperatures are expected to hit 40C (106F) in London next Tuesday, which would be a record

It is the first ever 'Red' extreme heat warning

It is the first ever ‘Red’ extreme heat warning

Mark Spincer, responsible for Windsor, Southwell and Wolverhampton, added: ‘We fully support the decision. 

‘Whilst we had taken steps to mitigate against the higher temperatures, the latest updates and the alerts issued this morning made it clear that it was within the best interests of all concerned to abandon these fixtures. 

‘We will be in touch with all customers who had bookings to these race meetings shortly, and our thanks goes to the BHA team for acting swiftly in changing circumstances.’ 

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