The Racing Post has confirmed that it will resume its print format and nationwide distribution of its newspaper on 1 June, coinciding with the resumption of UK racing.
Since 26 March, the Racing Post has frozen its printing operations, as the racing publishing group adjusted to global business disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
During ‘downtime’, Racing Post has published news and content across its digital channels, keeping racing stakeholders up to date with the fallout and resumption of the sports across multiple markets.
Closing the Bank Holiday weekend, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) published a ‘provisional three-month schedule’ (June-to-August), announcing its fixture plan for 292 meetings.
The BHA confirmed that UK racing will restart on 1 June with meetings at Newcastle, followed by Kempton Park.
An upbeat Racing Post told its audiences to expect a top summer of racing, as four British Classics and Royal Ascot remain unchanged by the schedule.
Racing Post editor Tom Kerr said: “It’s been an incredibly difficult two months for all those involved with racing on these shores. The temporary halt in production of the newspaper in March was something no one could have predicted earlier in the year but I’m delighted to say we are coming back better than ever.
“The team at Racing Post is prepared for the resumption of racing, and although it will be in a new world to the one we left behind we’re excited to be part of it.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with the talented team here on the plans for bringing the print newspaper back – no small task under the current circumstances – and I can’t wait to get my hands on that first print edition.
“We all love newspapers, and we know that for many of our customers there’s no substitute to the feel and experience of a print Racing Post as their daily guide to this great sport.”