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French Racing Cleared To Resume

Racing will resume in France as scheduled despite a last-minute threat to the plan. A report on Friday suggested a late challenge may be made to the government’s decision to allow racing to return on Monday, with France Galop and its trotting equivalent confirming they had been in discussions regarding the resumption plans. However, France[...]
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French Racing Confirmed For A Resumption

Racing will resume in France as scheduled on Monday despite a last-minute threat to the plan. A report suggested a late challenge may be made to the government’s decision to allow racing to return, with France Galop and its trotting equivalent confirming they had been in discussions regarding the resumption plans. However, France Galop president[...]
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France Galop Still Planning Racing Restart

France Galop continues to work towards a racing return despite reports of a possible last-minute threat to the plan. A report on Friday suggested a late challenge may be made to the government’s decision to allow racing to resume in France, with cards scheduled at ParisLongchamp, Compiegne and Toulouse on Monday. France Galop and its[...]
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Racing Ready To Resume In France

Racing in France is poised to return next week with Paris police giving permission for the sport to resume at ParisLongchamp, the home of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. There have been no meetings since March 17 because of the coronavirus pandemic, with a number of meetings held without spectators leading up to that[...]
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Hopes For Early Racing Return In France

Racing is still on track to resume in France despite other professional sports remaining on hold for some months. The racing industry comes under the jurisdiction of France’s agriculture department not the sports ministry. French prime minister Edouard Philippe announced on Tuesday that because of the coronavirus pandemic, professional sport would not restart before September[...]
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France Gearing Up For Return To Racing

French racing could resume within weeks under strict health conditions and restricted to local participants for the time being. France Galop has marked down May 11 as the date racing could resume behind closed doors. The sport has been suspended since March 17 because of the coronavirus pandemic, with a number of meetings held without[...]
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France Galop Hopes To Resume Racing Soon

France Galop has had what it describes as a positive and constructive meeting with French government authorities regarding a return to racing. Meetings have been suspended since March 17 because of the coronavirus crisis but hope remains that action could resume next month behind closed doors. France Galop president Edouard de Rothschild consulted with members[...]
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Hopes High For Resumption Of French Racing

France Galop remains hopeful of resuming racing behind closed doors in May. French racing was staged without spectators last month before France Galop announced a suspension of meetings between March 17 and April 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic. While French President Emmanuel Macron has extended the country’s lockdown until May 11, France Galop and[...]
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Public Barred From Three French Meetings

The public will be barred from three upcoming race meetings in France in a response to the coronavirus outbreak. The meetings on Monday (Tuesday AEDT) and Wednesday at Compiegne will be held without spectators, with the order coming from the mayor of Compiegne and the president of the Compiegne Racing Society. It is a similar[...]
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Arc-Winning Rider Boudot Denies Rape

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe-winning jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot has strongly denied allegations of rape made against him. Boudot, 27, who won Europe’s premier middle-distance race in October aboard Waldgeist, was at a police station in Chantilly on Thursday, where he voluntarily spoke to investigators. The allegations are believed to concern an evening in August 2015,[...]
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Three-Way Tie For World’s Best Racehorse

In a three-way tie, Enable, Crystal Ocean and Waldgeist have been named as the top-rated horses in the world. The John Gosden-trained Enable just failed in October to become the first horse to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe three times. The horse who denied her a special place in history three months ago[...]
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First Positive In France To Blood Agent

Australia is among the jurisdictions maintaining vigilance in testing for substances such as the synthetic blood agent known as ITPP. A French laboratory has detected the first positive result in a racehorse to ITPP, or myo-inositol trispyrophosphate. The substance was detected in a urine sample from Akoya, the winner of a Group One race for[...]
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