Championship Horse Racing can confirm that, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic the inaugural Racing League has been postponed until summer 2021.
Chief Executive of the Racing League, Jeremy Wray, said: “Although disappointed, we are making the decision now to postpone the Racing League until 2021. We have committed £1.8m prize money to the BHA, and will use the time we now have to work with horsemen, our partners and stakeholders to make the competition a really positive addition to the flat racing calendar for next year.”
The Racing League will comprise 36 races over six consecutive Thursday evening meetings in July and August 2021.
ARC Chief Executive, Martin Cruddace, said: “Given the current period of uncertainty that everyone across British Racing and the wider business world faces, it is of course the sensible decision to postpone the introduction of the Racing League until next summer.
Matthew Imi, Chief Executive of Sky Sports Racing, commented: “We remain excited at the prospect of working with Jeremy and his colleagues to launch the Racing League, albeit a year later than anticipated. The proposition is genuinely innovative and we look forward, as soon as we are able, to previewing next year’s competition and building the narrative across Sky Sports Racing and our digital and international platforms.”