...GBGB Statement: Racing Continues Behind Closed Doors...
GBGB has confirmed that it has not been informed of any intention to temporarily halt greyhound racing because of a tightening of Covid restrictions.
GBGB Managing Director Mark Bird said:
“I have seen the comments being made on social media regarding the apparent pausing of elite sports by the government. There appears to be no substance to these assertions and certainly not from government. We remain in close contact with DCMS as to any changes in government advice.”
...Derby rescheduled to avoid clash with British Grand Prix...
BY JONATHAN KAY OF THE RACING POST
THE Derby has a new schedule for the second time in four days after host track Towcester yesterday reacted to criticism of a potential clash with the British Grand Prix festival at neighbouring Silverstone.
As a result, GBGB permission was sought, and received, to bring the competition forward by a week, meaning it will now conclude with a £175,000 final on Saturday, July 10, with a start on the weekend of June 4 and 5.
"I was pushing for the final to be on July 17 so I take full responsibility," admitted Towcester's consultant Nathan Corden yesterday.
"Our main focus had been on the gap between the English Derby/Irish Derby and maintaining that, but we are more than happy to listen to feedback.
"Over the weekend we became aware of the difficulties people were having in booking accommodation because of the Grand Prix also being scheduled for that weekend and we've acted quickly to hopefully rectify that.
"The British Grand Prix was actually in August last year, but that was a Covid-delayed scheduled and, while this year's date remains provisional, it seems pretty certain that it is going to be on Sunday, July 18.
"We're grateful to the GBGB for listening to our request and being understanding and flexible in agreeing to another change to the schedule but this definitely the last one we intend to make!"