Hunter chases will go ahead without amateur jockeys, after a decision was taken by the industry's Covid-19 group.
The British Horseracing Authority said races will be scheduled and open to professional riders only, both over jumps and on the flat, due to the worsening pandemic.
The news comes just weeks before the St James's Place Foxhunter Chase at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, often referred to as the "amateur Gold Cup."
Sam Twiston-Davies and Bryony Frost are among the top jockeys to have won the race, while Olympian Victoria Pendleton rode in it as part of her 'Switching Saddles' campaign in 2016.
An update from the BHA said amateurs will not be able to compete from Saturday onwards, in-line with government Covid-19 restrictions on elite sport.
"Hunter chases will continue to be programmed but, in line with the restrictions outlined above will be open to professional riders only," it said.
"This includes conditional riders. The base weights for these races will be reduced in line with other professional races and the associated race conditions will be updated accordingly."
The first hunter chase for the 2020-21 season is scheduled to take place on January 21, followed by contests at Hereford and Warwick at the start of February.
A spokesperson for the Amateur Jockeys' Association said: "With such a critical Covid-19 situation across the whole of the UK at present, strict compliance of government regulations is required in order for racing to continue.
"Regrettably, the title of “amateur” prohibits all amateur jockey participation.
"The BHA and British racecourses working together from the start of the pandemic have enabled racing's continuation due to their expertise and under strict covid protocols.
"We are very grateful to the BHA for their support in enabling experienced National Hunt amateurs to participate until now.
"It should be noted that no other amateur sports have been allowed during this current lockdown except for Olympic sports.
"The preservation of Hunter Chases is good news in these challenging times, being an important part of the amateur National Hunt calendar.
"With the current cessation of point-to-pointing this is extremely beneficial with such a large number of racehorses currently at a standstill.
"We all look forward to the lifting of lockdown and returning to normality as soon as possible."
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