The BHA has confirmed today that hunters' chases will start as programmed, but amateur jockeys will not be allowed to ride in these or any other race under Rules in the short-term.
In light of the present circumstances, from Saturday, January 16 amateur jockeys will no longer be allowed to ride in any race under Rules. This is of course very disappointing but we need to focus on the positive. This will allow yards to remain open and provide runners for hunters' chases in the immediate future, which in turn provides employment for stable staff, many of whom are also our jockeys.
This is not a permanent change.
Hopefully the general situation will improve in the coming weeks, and this temporary decision can be reversed relatively quickly.