Yesterday’s Racing Post was dispatched to the Queen as racing resumed behind closed doors with a ten-race meeting at Newcastle.
June 1st marks the publisher's return to print, after maintaining a news service through a streamlined digital newspaper, app and website during the crisis in order to keep readers informed about racing’s resumption plans and to provide expert advice for race meetings which took place internationally.
The comeback follows the only publication hiatus in Racing Post's 34-year history as the sport went into shutdown during the global coronavirus pandemic
Racing returns in a unique way on Monday 1st June with strict regulations set out by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). Limited numbers of people will be on course and field sizes are restricted to 12 in most races.
Everyone will be subject to temperature screening on arrival and people are encouraged to wear facemasks. Social distancing is to be enforced and the operation will be closely monitored as more racecourses stage action later in the week.
The return of the Racing Post newspaper comes ahead of a bumper month for the sport, with June’s fixture list featuring a series of top-class Classics and Group One races rescheduled from earlier on in the season, as well as Royal Ascot.
Joining the daily publication on the return will be Racing Post weekly titles – The Racing Post Weekender and the Racing and Football Outlook.
The Racing Post will be available for sale nationwide in Britain and Ireland at a cover price of £3.50 (Sun-Fri; £3.90 Sat; €4.20/€4.50 Ire).
Discussing the return of the Racing Post, editor Tom Kerr said: "We're thrilled to be back in print to mark the return of British racing. We've been hard at work keeping our digital platforms up-to-date over the last two months, but nothing beats a printed Racing Post for poring over the form and getting the latest racing news, features and advice.
"We know the Queen is a lifelong racing fan and wanted to ensure she had got a copy of the Racing Post hot off the presses, just in case copies sold out in Windsor.
"Today's meeting at Newcastle is a huge moment. Not only does it mark the return of professional live sport in Britain, it’s also the start of a sensational run of racing, with the Guineas meetings falling on the first weekend and Royal Ascot beginning on June 16."