ARC can confirm that, following the publication of the British Racing Fixture list from September 2020 onwards, neither Brighton nor Worcester Racecourses will host their remaining fixtures for this season.
Both racecourses are involved in the 2021 fixture allocation process that is currently ongoing, and will reopen for racing next season.
Managing Director of ARC's Racing Division, Mark Spincer, said, “A combination of the delayed remedial work required at both Brighton and Worcester Racecourses, alongside the financial impact of lockdown and racing behind closed doors, means that we are not in a position to reopen either site for their remaining fixtures this season.
“The significant costs associated with making a racecourse safe to race behind closed doors, with the all of the appropriate bio security and social distancing measures mean that we can not open either site for the limited number of fixtures due before they would then close again for the winter. Ffos Las will equally not reopen for the one remaining scheduled flat fixture in September, but will be in operation for jump racing from October and onwards through the winter season.
“Worcester’s Ladies Day and Brighton’s August Festival are hugely important meetings to the respective racecourses, and have both unfortunately been lost. Equally, the prospect of welcoming the public to either site before they are due to close down for the winter again remains uncertain at this stage.
“Both racecourses are active in the 2021 fixture allocation process, and we very much look forward to returning to racing at both Brighton and Worcester next spring. We are fully aware of the popularity of both sites with horsemen, racegoers and sponsors alike and would like to thank everyone involved for their understanding”