Talking Horses: Newbury seeks to extend vaccine programme

By: Chris Cook Thursday 21 January 2021

Racecourse officials moved to fend off criticism for continuing to race on Wednesday, with support from a local GP’s practice

The old maxim that ‘no good deed goes unpunished’ appeared to be proved true once more on Wednesday when, a week after allowing itself to be used as a Covid-19 vaccination centre, Newbury racecourse was subjected to strongly-worded criticism on social media for a one-day return to its day job. Course officials insisted that the NHS had planned around the track’s long-established fixture list and that the racing which took place here on Wednesday did not cause a delay to the vaccination process but hecklers on Twitter appeared reluctant to accept that point.

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