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PJA offers backing to July jumps decision

4th April 2020, 14:26 by Aidan Perkins

The Professional Jockeys Association (PJA) says it "fully supports" the decision to halt jump racing until July.

The British Horseracing Authority announced this week there will be no jumps racing in Britain until July at the earliest following talks with the National Trainers Federation, the Racehorse Owners Association, the Racecourse Association and PJA.

Despite saying there would be no jumps meetings until July, the BHA had already said the Resumption of Racing Group was working on proposals for a resumption of racing from May 1, should it be possible, with meetings to be held on the Flat and behind closed doors.

However, jumps meets will not be back on the agenda until July and Dale Gibson, executive racing director of the PJA has backed the move.

He said: "The PJA, having consulted senior jump jockeys and our board via conference call, fully supports the plan for jump racing to return in July.

"Any changes to the summer programme present new challenges for everyone involved, especially during these incredibly difficult times. We all need to be willing to

adapt and work collectively for the benefit to the sport as a whole.

"This includes having an agreed plan for the initial resumption of racing, whenever that may be, as long as we are able to do so safely from both a national perspective and from a participants' point of view.

"We look forward to working closely with other stakeholders in producing a plan to get racing back up and running as soon as possible."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.

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