Notice for SA Participants

24 March 2020

Update for SA harness racing participants

Further to my letter yesterday we are continuing to address the consequences of COVID-19 and its effect on our industry.

At this time it is important that we apply our best endeavours to mitigate any and all risks to everyone in our sport and also the general public. This including minimising contact and interaction between people when participating at harness racing meetings.

To this end we have determined that the number of races conducted at race meetings be restricted to seven races with a maximum field size of 9 runners. Resultantly, this will provide the ability to better segregate participants at race meetings. An additional outcome will be that the total number of people attending race meetings will be reduced.

However in making these changes the obvious outcome will be that there will be less opportunity to race given that the maximum number of horses at any one meeting will be 63.

Consequently, we have programmed an additional meeting for next Tuesday evening (31st March) to be conducted at Globe Derby Park.

This being that this week the race meetings will be:

  • Saturday 28th March – Globe Derby Park (Night)
  • Monday 30th March – Globe Derby Park (Day)
  • Tuesday 31st March – Globe Derby Park (Night)

In making these changes we believe we can cater for the current racing population in the state.

Nominations for both the Monday and Tuesday meeting will close at 8:30am on Wednesday 25th with the programme for Tuesday evening being available now.

We understand that the changes made will not suit all, however, it is critically important that we respond positively to the challenges confronting us by minimising risk and providing a safer workplace for all.

Finally, we thank you for your understanding and acceptance of this rapidly changing and unparalleled operating landscape.


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