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Britain’s biggest racecourse group set to announce job losses due to the coronavirus pandemic 

Employees of Arena Racecourse Company, Britain’s biggest racecourse group, have been informed that the company is planning significant redundancies.

A spokesman for ARC declined to comment on the scale of the job cuts but Racemail understands a letter to staff said they will be at all levels of the company.

An ARC spokesman added: ‘Racecourses, like all other businesses across the sport and live events sector, rely hugely on public attendance, whether that be for race days or the multitude of other events, conferences and meetings that we host throughout the year.

‘We have had no product to sell since March and with the significant uncertainty over when the public may be allowed back to venues, it is difficult to consider when that business may return.

‘It is unfortunately inevitable that we will have to undertake a restructure of our organisation to reflect this fact over the coming weeks.’

ARC operates 16 racecourses but has mothballed Brighton and Worcester this year as a result of Covid-19. It hopes to welcome some spectators to its four-day St Leger meeting at Doncaster next month as a trial event.

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