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Haydock Park coronavirus testing centre to help frontline NHS workers

PA Sport 7:15pm, Thu 9 Apr 2020

A general view of the grandstand and facilities at Haydock Park (Martin Rockett/PA) A drive-in coronavirus testing centre is to open Haydock Park as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to increase testing for thousands more NHS workers. The site is part of a network of testing centres being set up around the UK, and will operate on an appointment basis for self-isolating key NHS workers, or the symptomatic member of their family. These NHS workers will be selected and contacted directly by their NHS Trust.

Plans for resumption of racing to be reviewed by BHA board next week

PA Sport 7:04pm, Thu 9 Apr 2020

Horses on the gallops in Newmarket (Mike Egerton/PA) Plans for a resumption of racing in Britain will be reviewed by the board of the British Horseracing Authority next week. It was announced last month that racing would be suspended until the end of April amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the last meetings to take place in Britain being at Wetherby and Taunton on March 17, both behind closed doors.

Golden year will never be forgotten by Dettori

PA Sport 4:14pm, Thu 9 Apr 2020

Frankie Dettori celebrates his victory on Golden Horn in the Investec Derby (David Davies/PA) Golden Horn’s glorious campaign of 2015 is something that will live long in the memory for Frankie Dettori. The John Gosden-trained, Anthony Oppenheimer-owned son of Cape Cross was virtually unstoppable, and first served notice of his credentials in the Dante at York before powering to glory at Epsom in the Derby.

Progressive Up Helly Aa one to note later in the season

PA Sport 2:41pm, Thu 9 Apr 2020

Up Helly Aa looks to have a big season ahead (PA) Willie McCreery feels the lightly-raced Up Helly Aa has the scope to make his presence felt in good company later in the year. The Niarchos family-owned colt, who is bred in the purple, being by Galileo out of Group One-winning mare Fiesolana, did not run as a two-year-old, instead seeing the racecourse for the first time at Cork in May.

Tate believes ‘stronger’ Gaman can step up this term

PA Sport 12:44pm, Thu 9 Apr 2020

Hey Gaman (right) on the way to winning The Denford Stakes victory at Newbury (John Walton/PA) James Tate feels he can explore more avenues this season with Hey Gaman. With most of the five-year-old’s best form last year coming on a quicker surface, the Newmarket handler believes soft ground is no longer a necessity for the son of New Approach.

Margarson has plenty to look forward to when season eventually starts

PA Sport 11:24am, Thu 9 Apr 2020

Plans are fluid for Ropey Guest (noseband) George Margarson is looking to Ropey Guest and Protected Guest to fly the flag for his stable when the Flat campaign eventually gets under way. Although Ropey Guest failed to get his head in front in 10 starts last term, he performed with great credit and was placed at Group Three level four times – culminating with a half-length defeat in the Horris Hill on his final start.

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