FRANCE Galop has announced rescheduled dates for the French classics, with the Poulains and Pouliches meeting set to be staged on June 1st at ParisLongchamp and the Prix du Jockey Club and Prix de Diane to follow on July 5th at Chantilly.
The new dates were revealed as the authority works towards a resumption of racing on May 11th, with key classic trials, the Prix de la Grotte and Prix de Fontainebleau, due to be run on that opening day at ParisLongchamp.
France Galop has published a revised fixture list that also has further Classic trials, the Prix La Force and Prix Vanteaux on May 14th at ParisLongchamp and the Group 1 Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary at that track on June 14th.
The Prix Greffulhe will be staged on June 6th at Saint-Cloud, with further trials at Chantilly on June 10th and 19th, but the Prix de Malleret will be run after the Diane (French Oaks) on July 14th at ParisLongchamp and the Prix Hocquart after the Jockey Club (Derby) on August 8th at Deauville.
High-profile Group 1s for older runners have also been given new dates, with the Prix Ganay on June 14th at ParisLongchamp, the Prix d’Ispahan July 19th at Chantilly and the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on June 28th at Saint-Cloud.
France Galop also announced entries for the 2020 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe will not be made as usual at the end of May and “will be rescheduled for mid-June, probably before Royal Ascot”.
A handful of group races have been scrapped including the Prix Niel, with the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris taking that race’s slot on September 13th at ParisLongchamp.
Some high-profile jumps meetings have also been given revised dates, most notably the the Grand Steeple Chase de Paris and Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil which will now be on June 7th.
The Prix Alain du Breil will be on June 13th and the Prix La Barka is now programmed for July 4th.
On Wednesday, France Galop announced a series of strict health conditions that must be met for racing to go ahead behind closed doors, with all participants from abroad – both equine and human – not permitted until at least June.
French President Emmanuel Macron extended the country’s lockdown until May 11th, and France Galop issued the revised fixture list on “the basis that racing resumes behind closed doors” that day.