The latest update for the resumption of racing was published by the BHA on 30th April.
The update stated: “To help trainers plan, during the next week we will be developing a provisional programme for the first seven days of racing following resumption – whatever the resumption date.
“We will then subsequently publish the rest of the provisional programme up until the end of June. This will be as close as possible to the original programme for the period, which means we will be looking to stage roughly the same number of races by type, class and distance.
“Ahead of this, we will issue a fixture cancellation notice for all fixtures that were originally scheduled to take place during May and June. This simply reflects the fact that we will be publishing a new provisional programme and does not seek to pre-empt or pre-judge any government decisions around lockdown or resumption.”
More decisions will be taken over the coming days and we all look forward to a time when racing can resume, albeit behind closed doors and with many restrictions.
All remains well at Northgate Lodge with the staff and horses. The daily routine continues as we work our way through the national lockdown and await news of when it is deemed safe for racing to start again. We will be ready to go !!
The BHA link below provides an interesting insight into the thoughts and planning being taken for a resumption of racing to happen and how this is initially likely to be achieved.
BHA Resumption Of Racing
We wish all our friends & followers a very Happy Easter in these difficult times. Stay healthy and we look forward to being back racing as soon as it’s safe to do so.
The daily routine continues at Northgate Lodge with the emphasis on the safety of our staff and the ongoing care and wellbeing of the horses.
The horses are being exercised in accordance with the social distancing guidelines and other health measures issued by our various industry bodies.
It is important for the health of the horses but their current training regime is to maintain their welfare rather than race fitness.
The group dedicated to formalising the resumption of racing are working hard and we will welcome their efforts once the industry is up and running again, once it is deemed safe to do so.
Hope all our friends and followers are staying well
Best Wishes from all at Northgate Lodge
In an update to our earlier posts, racing has now been suspended until 30th April.
Very difficult times for all of us but UK horse racing is working hard to keep the industry going and will race, with restrictions, behind closed doors. The Coronavirus post below has more information on some of the measures now in place.
Northgate Lodge is happy to support the upcoming fixtures later this week and we have entries at NEWCASTLE on Friday and LINGFIELD on Saturday.
See our entries page on the main website for details
Northgate Lodge fully supports the measures being introduced by the BHA and other racing industry organisations to continue with UK racing but behind closed doors.
The welfare of the staff who will keep the show on the road is paramount. We are therefore asking owners NOT to attend the yard at this time, keeping any social contact to a minimum. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but we will be here and please feel free to contact us at any time.
The 16 tracks owned by Arena are indicating that owners will not be admitted during this difficult period. This applies to Newcastle, Wolverhampton, Lingfield etc where we run the majority of our horses. Tracks under other ownership are, at the moment, allowing 2 owners to attend per runner.
Restrictions may change so we will update you as new information becomes available.
Thank you for your support and understanding at this tough time.
Best Wishes from Antony and all at Northgate Lodge
PUCHITA won her 3rd race at Southwell tonight in the 6.00pm contest and that came from her last 4 runs. She won by 3/4 of a length under Harry Russell.
She also ran well to be a close 4th on Tuesday but the drop to 5 furlongs and a draw that saw her isolated wide, was perhaps not to her advantage. Returning to 6 furlongs tonight, the distance of all her wins, she skipped along and was soon in command, holding on well at the finish.
Our next runners are at Wolverhampton tomorrow night. We then have a break for Flat racing until next Friday
Puchita’s win put us on the 17 winner mark for the year
DAAFR landed the 7.30pm race at Wolverhampton tonight in smooth style by three-quarters of a length.
This was his 2nd course win and he holds a follow up entry over the same course and distance in the 6.10pm race on Monday.
He has given us our 16th winner of the year
You can view proof photos of his win taken by Jonathan Hipkiss on the link below. You can scroll through the full gallery.
DAAFR – Winning Gallery
TATHMEEN quickened up nicely to win again and land his 3rd race of the year in the 6.00pm at Newcastle this evening. He was 2 1/2 lengths clear at the line and holds an entry with the option to return to Newcastle on Tuesday for a 0-75 grade handicap under a penalty. The race is at 6.45pm and we also have our recent winner Mutabaahy and in form Klopp entered for the race.
Tathmeen seems to enjoy the challenges of Newcastle having now won 5 races over the 5 furlong course. He has however also won at Wolverhampton and has scored 6 times for the yard since Antony shrewdly bought him from Richard Hannon at the Tattersalls sales.
His win tonight gave us our 3rd winner of the week and our 15th for the year to date
You can view a slideshow of proof photos from his win taken by Grossick Photography by using the link below.
TATHMEEN – Winning Gallery