IRISH horse racing will resume at Naas on June 8th with the first
behind closed doors meeting since March 24th.
The Irish 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas will take place on the first weekend back at the Curragh on June 12th and 13th. The Irish Derby retains its traditional date on Saturday, June 27th, as does the Irish Oaks on Saturday, July 18th.
Flat racing will dominate the first two weeks of the revised calendar
while National Hunt racing will resume with action at Limerick on
Monday, June 22nd and Castlederg native, Simon Torrens is delighted to be returning to action after a two and a half month.
The talented jockey, who was enjoying a stellar season, which included two wins in the final week before competition stopped in late March riding JPMcManus’s Golden Sunset to victory at Downpatrick during Ulster National day in the Tote Supporting Downpatrick Handicap Steeplechase and he followed that success with a win two days later on Ask Heather in the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Steeplechase at Clonmel where he also picked up two second placed finishes.
“It can’t come around quick enough!,” exclaimed the 23-year-old, who might dip his toe into flat racing when the action resumes.
He added: “I’ve been lucky enough that I’ve been working away over the last two months, trying to keep my self fit, but I’m looking forward to getting back into a bit of a routine because I’m sick of power-washing and painting stables!
“It will be great to get back doing what you enjoy. There was chat
that there would only be flat racing for a month, but luckily enough
the actual jump racing itself is going to be back on the 22nd of June.
“I can still ride on the flat off top heavyweight but I’m just looking
forward to getting back because it gives you a bit of purpose rather
than just getting up, going to work and doing the same thing day in
and day out. At least you can head off and go to different places.”
A range of new protocols will be introduced to ensure that social
distancing measures are adhered to as racing resumes.
Each fixture will have a dedicated Covid-19 protocol officer who will
ensure that only key personnel are present at the meetings, while
health and thermal temperature screening will take place on arrival.
Mandatory face coverings will be worn by ‘most’ of those in attendance.
However, having experienced racing behind closed doors with strict
protocols during the final two weeks of racing in March, the Tyrone
man believes it will be a similar experience when the sport resumes
“I wouldn’t imagine it will be much different to when it was behind
closed doors before,” he said.
“It’s behind closed doors again and they did a good job the first time around when safety was the paramount thing and I’d imagine it will be again.”