By Tom Caldon For Mailonline
Published: 09:29 BST, 8 May 2020 | Updated: 09:32 BST, 8 May 2020
Germany provided the first installment of live post-lockdown sporting action on Thursday by hosting a dozen races in Hanover.
Many jockeys wore face masks while others used transparent plastic visors as racing returned from a hiatus lasting nearly two months.
Untended during the coronavirus pandemic, the grass was overgrown as competition got underway for the first time behind closed doors.
The course which regularly attracts up to 10,000 spectators due to its ties with local football club Hannover 96 stood empty as German thoroughbreds strode across the turf