Following the new public health guidance announced by the government earlier today, the Jockey Club has come to the inevitable decision that it is inappropriate to stage the 2020 Randox Health Grand national Festival. Bosses had been busy assessing the feasibility of running the famous race behind closed doors with a minimal number of staff, however the latest government information regarding the measures needed to help contain the virus have led to the conclusion that this isn’t a viable consideration.
Senior Steward of the Jockey Club, Sandy Dudgeon, said:
“The Randox Health Grand National Festival was just three weeks away and it’s very clear to us it will not be possible for the event to take place. Public health must come first.
“We were working on a plan to stage the Grand National behind closed doors given its importance to the racing industry and beyond, but following the new Government measures confirmed this evening to help to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, this is not a viable option.
“I know this is hugely disappointing news for the many people who work in our sport and the many millions who were looking forward to this year’s event, but very sadly these are exceptional times and this is the responsible thing to do.”
Following the announcement, the Jockey Club made clear that in accordance with their cancellation policy, full refunds will be made automatically within 14 days.