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Kishan Hirani on Friday while Mark Selby, who has three world titles, opens up against Lee Walker on Thursday.

“It will be myself, my opponent and the referee,” Selby told Sky Sports. “I’m due to play Thursday. I’ll go down Wednesday and get tested.

“Then straight to the hotel and lock myself in my room and wait for the results to come back.”

Racing returns at Newcastle with no spectators to watch the 10 flat races and trainers, jockeys and grooms in masks.

Leading flat trainer Hugo Palmer said the resumption of racing was a “tremendous opportunity” for the sport.

“There is precious little else to watch, although it coincides with the day the government allows more people to meet outside,” he added.

The 2,000 Guineas, on June 6 at Newmarket, will be the first of the flat-racing season’s “Classic” races.