Crowds return track-side at Doncaster racecourse today (Wednesday) for the first time at a horse racing meeting since March, BUT, are we about to suffer a similar blow to that suffered at Glorious Goodwood with crowds being banned no sooner than be allowed back?
From Monday 14th September social gatherings of more than six people would be banned following a worrying rise in Covid-19 cases across the UK. The new guidance says two households of any size are allowed to meet indoors or outdoors, or up to six people from different households outdoors.
Talking on BBC Breakfast this morning (yes I do occasionally watch things other than sports), Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "The Prime Minister is going to set out more details of the consequences of the new rule for six people gathering later today. We'll set out what that means for some of these events that we were planning to do."
The planned sports pilots events with small crowds returning to venues beyond today, including of course the rest of the St Leger Festival meeting, are now obviously very much in doubt.I have said before that truth be told, it doesn't really matter in a situation such as this. Sport is really nothing more than an escape for most of us, taking us away for a few excited moments from the run of the mill, day-to-day, grown-up serious stuff. As it stands we do at least have sport to watch, albeit from our sofa rather than a grandstand. Perhaps for now we should be grateful for that and most importantly the health and well being of our loved ones.
Stay well and be lucky