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Racing BHA about to plead their case to get fans back in time for the Grand National

SPECTATORS may yet be a possibility at the Grand National in April but are a “long shot,” as racing pushes to be included in the government’s programme for pilot events on its road map to ease coronavirus restrictions.

Racecourse Association chief executive David Armstrong has confirmed representations will be made to government and its Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport for at least one meeting to test the return of spectators before the potential resumption of limited crowds on May 17.

In line with the road map of dates for easing measures published by the government this week, officials at the British Horseracing Authority and RCA are planning for the return of owners on course from March 29.

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