Valid as at 4.30pm Tuesday 22nd September.
Since the beginning of June, racecourses nationwide have staged meetings without a public crowd, strictly following what are known as “behind closed doors” protocols. These meet the strict guidance set out by the Government and the relevant health authorities.
The intention is to provide an environment that addresses the risks posed by Covid-19, so keeping participants, organisers and the general public, as safe as possible.
Beginning on Thursday 9 July, York Racecourse has already hosted ten racedays that have adhered to these safety measures.
These same protocols will now operate for the two fixtures on Friday 9th & Saturday 10th October; they will be "behind closed doors", so not open to the pulbic.
All customers who booked direct with York Racecourse are eligible for a full vrefund, please see the "latest news" page of this website for more details.
It is important that everyone respects the request to NOT try to watch these meetings live, so following the community spirit already displayed on Ascot Heath, Pontefract Park, Beverley’s Westwood or on the Knavesmire during the summer.
To stress these are to be strictly not for the public events, spectators are urged not to attend. To emphasize this point, key views of the racing action will continue to be obscured and there will be no provision of commentary, big screens, public car parks, catering nor toilets.
In order to separate the public from the horses and the vehicles used by doctors and vets, the service road around the Knavesmire will be closed between 12noon and 6pm on the racedays.
All locals who regularly enjoy the Knavesmire, especially the service road, are asked to consider scheduling their exercise for earlier, later or elsewhere on those dates. The centre of the Knavesmire will not be closed to locals. however the racing surface and service road will be fenced off and stewarded for the safety of all involved.
The feature races in october are scheduled to be broadcast on ITV, with all fourteen races set to be shown in full on Racing TV, as well as being accessible through accounts with leading bookmakers such as partners Sky Bet, Coral and William Hill. This will provide the best experience, combining multiple camera angles with expert analysis and all the details of the runners and riders.
To mark your card as to what to expect:
Friday 9th and Saturday 10th October
Please click here for the October race programme
There is an understandable high level of detail in what continues to be an evolving operational plan for York racedays under these protocols. The focus is on the appropriate health screening regime before the event and on arrival, rigorous cleaning procedures across the venue and adherence to social distancing measures.
In conclusion, we hope you will enjoy the sport from the Knavesmire but please follow it from the comfort of your armchair.

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