Aug 26, 2018

Grand National 'could be hit by no deal Brexit' warns racing group

Next year's Grand National could look very different if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal, the British Horseracing Authority warns. Eight Irish-trained horses have won the Grand National since 1999. "It would only be about a month ahead of the Grand National in 2019, which would be quite an impact, a threat to potential Irish horses' participation in the race, Irish jockeys being able to compete in races over here if it was a really hard, no-deal Brexit." Mr Hamilton added that, based what has already been released in the Brexit papers, the BHA believes the Government wants to maintain the status quo "As far as possible after Brexit". "We do get horses from further afield than France and Ireland to compete in our races and we have an established procedure in place to deal with those countries."

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