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Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Shogun Lodge on 2020-Mar-13, 12:48 PM
How long until we have no spectators?
How long until we have no racing?
Thoughts?
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: specialweek2 on 2020-Mar-13, 01:07 PM
Today.
Working in Japan atm but infection still possible.
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: westie on 2020-Mar-13, 01:51 PM
Perhaps Caulfield tomorrow, unofficially it's to be a ghost meeting.
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Arsenal on 2020-Mar-13, 05:03 PM

Vic racing's Coronavirus crowd ban
Racing Article

Paul Tatnell & Ryan Reynolds@PaulTatnell & @Reynolds_R

5:15pm


Escalating Coronavirus concerns will see crowds and owners shut out of some of Victoria’s biggest race days, starting from tonight.

As revealed exclusively by Racing.com, the Melbourne Racing Club announced on Friday night that only key race-day personnel imperative to the running of each race and limited broadcast staff will be allowed access to Caulfield on All-Star Mile day.

And Moonee Valley Racing Club has taken the same approach with only industry participants and racing officials allowed through the doors for tonight’s Alister Clark meeting and next Friday night’s Group 1 William Reid Stakes.

It follows government advice that events with more than 500 people should be cancelled from Monday to stop the threat of deadly Coronavirus spreading.

While the ban doesn’t kick in for another couple of days, both the MRC and the MVRC were keen to get on the front foot ahead of a number of premier race meetings.

However not all racing bodies have adopted the move for the weekend with South Australia to implement the ban from Monday.

Rosehill’s Coolmore Classic meeting will also remain open to the public.

Racing Victoria also confirmed that this weekend’s five country race meetings at Geelong, Dederang, Sale, Benalla and Woolamai will proceed with racegoers and owners allowed to attend.

RV chief executive Giles Thompson said: “Following updated advice received this afternoon from the Federal Government, we have consulted with our Clubs and Country Racing Victoria to determine the appropriate course of action for our race meetings this weekend prior to the restrictions on mass gatherings that take effect from Monday.

“Together with the Moonee Valley Racing Club and the Melbourne Racing Club we have elected to take a cautious approach with this weekend’s metropolitan race meetings where large crowds were expected to attend. As a result, they will proceed with only essential staff and participants permitted to attend.

“The five country race meetings with projected lower attendances will proceed with crowds this weekend, subject to the individual Racing Clubs determining their intention to open their gates to all attendees.

“From Monday all race meetings will be conducted with essential staff and participants in attendance only. Racing.com will continue to broadcast each meeting, as will Channel 7 for tomorrow’s Caulfield meeting, with punters able to engage via the approved wagering operators.”

In a statement, the MRC said it was “taking considered action to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of members, patrons, participants and staff for The All-Star Mile race day”.

“Our position has always been that we will follow advice from the relevant state and federal government agencies in relation to Coronavirus (covid-19),” the statement read.

“We have now been advised non-essential mass gatherings attended by more than 500 people should not proceed from Monday.

“In the interest of patron safety, in consultation with Racing Victoria, the MRC has taken the decision to take extra precaution and proceed with The All-Star Mile Race Day without spectators. Only persons essential to the operations of the race meeting will be admitted into the racecourse.”

Racing Victoria’s wild card competition to select the owner ambassador for Black Heart Bart will not go ahead.

Instead, the prizemoney attributable to the owner ambassador for Black Heart Bart will be donated to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

Moonee Valley said it decided to close its gates due to “increased concern over the transmission of COVID-19.”

How the Coronavirus situation evolves in the near future will be massive for South Australian racing, with the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival, major race days at Clare, Gawler, Penola, Kimba, Hawker and Millicent and the Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival at Morphettville on the horizon.

TRSA chief Nick Redin said the South Australian racing community was working closely together to respond to what is 'a rapidly evolving situation'.

"Racing in South Australia has previous experience in dealing with a major interruption with the Equine Influenza outbreak in 2007," he said.

"We know what it's like to have an industry-wide issue and the learnings from that experience are still relevant today.

"We are working closely with the racing minister and his office and we're constantly monitoring, discussing and updating our response."

International racing bodies have also taken preventative steps with the Dubai Racing Club announcing its World Cup meeting this month will be run without spectators.

Horse Racing Ireland also announced that meetings will take place behind closed doors until the end of the month. Japan and Hong Kong are also operating under patron restrictions.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Shogun Lodge on 2020-Mar-13, 07:36 PM
Well, here we go...
Friday 13th hey?
Differing approach by 2 adjoining states...still, no travel restriction etc so no diff I guess.
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: timw on 2020-Mar-18, 06:15 AM
https://www.paulickreport.com/news/triple-crown/roses-in-september-kentucky-derby-to-be-held-labor-day-weekend/

Churchill Downs Incorporated announced its decision on Tuesday to reschedule  .... The146th Kentucky Derby will be rescheduled from May 2, 2020, to September 5, 2020, and the 146th Kentucky Oaks will be rescheduled from May 1, 2020, to September 4, 2020.

Dates for the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, the second and third legs, respectively, of horse racing's Triple Crown, are also under review, though no formal announcement has been made.

https://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/covid-19-british-horseracing-authority-suspends-racing-effective-wednesday/

The British Horseracing Authority announced that all horse racing in Britain will be suspended, effective Wednesday, March 18.

On Monday night, The Jockey Club announced that The Randox Health Grand National at Aintree has been cancelled due to coronavirus.
Two race meetings are scheduled to take place behind closed doors at Wetherby and Taunton on Tuesday, but as of Wednesday race meetings will cease up to the end of April. The decision will be kept under constant review.

The formal decision was taken by the Board of the British Horseracing Authority Tuesday morning based on the statements made by the government Monday and after consultation with senior industry leaders.
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Shogun Lodge on 2020-Mar-18, 01:38 PM
Big decisions, hey.
The implications for so many dreamers, industry players.
Wonder why they did not run spectator free, encourage small buddy parties across the land..."watch online, less than nine, you'll be fine"
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: wily ole dog on 2020-Mar-18, 05:09 PM
Big decisions, hey.
The implications for so many dreamers, industry players.
Wonder why they did not run spectator free, encourage small buddy parties across the land..."watch online, less than nine, you'll be fine"

Exactly. The virtue signalling from many sports in the name of the marketing dollar is horrific🤮
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: arthur on 2020-Mar-19, 12:43 PM
 :offtopic:

If the Olympics proceed, it will make a mockery of all other measures taken . . on racetracks/ or anywhere
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2020-Mar-22, 11:31 AM
Tullibigeal Picnics next Saturday are called off due to Corona virus

Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: fours on 2020-Mar-22, 12:13 PM
Racing might be lucky,

Ghost meetings are happening more frequently and if we can stop the jockey siblings fighting each other jockeys have a better chance than many sports of staying virus free.

Picnic meetings are about socialising so its no wonder they are being cancelled.

Racing is the 3rd biggest employer from memory so there is a real reason to keep it going if at all possible - it also helps pay for hospitals.

Fours
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: timw on 2020-Mar-22, 03:58 PM
O'Brien to Skip Dubai World Cup Amid Travel Concerns article at https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/239188/obrien-to-skip-dubai-world-cup-amid-travel-concerns
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: timw on 2020-Mar-22, 05:46 PM
well that's probably the end of horse racing and golf for quite a while in Vic. At least I know one abandoned 9 hole golf course  where I can probably go for a hit and there is no fence around it.
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Arsenal on 2020-Mar-22, 06:32 PM
Some inside I received late today .....supposedly genuine.... that there'll be a State lockdown in QLD Ala California on or from Tuesday .......no specifics or for how long but assume all essential services will be exempt.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: wily ole dog on 2020-Mar-22, 06:46 PM
well that's probably the end of horse racing and golf for quite a while in Vic. At least I know one abandoned 9 hole golf course  where I can probably go for a hit and there is no fence around it.

Why would golf be locked down🥴
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: timw on 2020-Mar-22, 07:43 PM
Well golf is hardly an essential service.  At the the club where i am a member we were told not to take the flagstick out so we wouldn't pass on the corona virus but they forgot to consider that we touch the cup and flag stick when we retrieve the ball from the cup.  Of course we could have 'gimmies' to reduce the risk. I also play a social 9 holes with friends at a public course with lunch afterwards at a nearby cafe and the owner was almost in tears last week at what is happening to his business and that is before this weekends bad news.  Tomorrow might be our last lunch there forever.
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: wily ole dog on 2020-Mar-22, 08:33 PM
I hope you’re not saying golf should be shut down because of contagious flag sticks but we can wrestle our way around supermarkets to buy chocolate and ice cream :chin:
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: wily ole dog on 2020-Mar-22, 08:47 PM
PP
Do you think racing should be called off?
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2020-Mar-22, 09:15 PM
PP
Do you think racing should be called off?

Mate I don't think it should be but it almost certainly will be.

The "empowered ones" have got a sniff of real power and are stopping everything.

Have you stocked up on beer?

They will run out some time tomorrow I reckon now that the media have (mischievously) flagged it. The media's role in the panic buying cannot be overstated.



Coronavirus: Carlton & United Breweries, Lion warn of ‘up to three months’ of no beer


The nation’s largest brewers have warned Australia is likely to run out of beer in a few weeks if their breweries are not included as an essential service under the Victorian government’s proposal to lock down the state.

Thousands of jobs in the multi-billion-dollar brewing sector could also be lost.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/companies/coronavirus-carlton-united-breweries-warns-it-could-run-out-of-beer/



Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: arthur on 2020-Mar-22, 09:26 PM
No Punt . . No Beer . .

What am I going to do . . with my windfall
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Mar-22, 09:38 PM
No Punt . . No Beer . .

What am I going to do . . with my windfall

Please expand.

I am gathering that TAB agencies will be shut down but if they are a part of a shopping centre does different rules apply?
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: sobig on 2020-Mar-22, 09:52 PM
Bottle shops still functioning according to the PM at press conference tonight,

Shopping centres also will be operating at this stage,

He said the venues to be shut are restaurants and cafes (deliveries and take aways allowed), pubs, licensed clubs, nightclubs and casinos, cinemas indoor sporting venues and church services.

What was unclear was whether the previous NSW and Victorian "all non essential services" still applies there or not.
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Mar-22, 10:51 PM
I am gathering if non essential travel is imposed then there will be not many horses coming to Sydney or Brisbane carnivals.
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Mar-23, 06:02 AM
Dubai World Cup off.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/horse-racing/51995476

Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Mar-23, 06:09 AM
Big news to come out of Victoria if the state government does not see racing as essential.

There will be big ramifications for spring carnival etc if the ban comes into effect.

https://www.watoday.com.au/sport/racing/racing-in-limbo-over-ban-to-non-essential-business-20200322-p54cqp.html
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2020-Mar-23, 06:19 AM
Bottle shops still functioning according to the PM at press conference tonight,


They will be open mate but the shelves will have no beer pretty quickly.

I'm half tempted to go down to the local bottlo this morning and stock up on my favourite

(https://i.pinimg.com/236x/cf/aa/98/cfaa98e7cfa2f9e9bf57c5f24403c7c7--port-royals.jpg)

And none of this fancy wine glass crap either. Just knock the top off and straight down the guzzler.
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: arthur on 2020-Mar-23, 08:03 AM
Please expand.

Made on the assumption that racing would/ will be completely shut down as non-essential . .

But I now have the answer to my own question . .

Riotous Living
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Arsenal on 2020-Mar-23, 09:05 AM
Brisbane GP says multiple patients have suspected COVID-19

A Brisbane GP has warned that the spread of coronavirus could be more widespread than originally thought, with her clinic seeing multiple patients presenting with symptoms but who are unable to be tested because of strict criteria.

Laura Chalmers and Steven Scott, The Courier-Mail

March 22, 2020 9:57pm

A BRISBANE GP has warned her clinic is already seeing multiple patients with suspected COVID-19 who cannot be tested, and are spreading the virus in the community.

Dr Amy Heales, a GP in Victoria Point, says she is concerned about community transmission in Brisbane’s southeast, with the patients visiting local shops and gyms while contagious.

“All of the doctors at my work have seen patients who we suspect have COVID-19,’’ Dr Heales said. “Lots of them have been to the shops, to the gym, other places, with symptoms and could have and likely have spread the virus. We cannot test them.’’


The patients cannot be tested as they don’t meet the strict criteria – showing symptoms and returning from overseas or being in contact with a confirmed case in the past 14 days.

Their movements are not being traced, as public health only contacts confirmed cases.

“We cannot test for community spread at this stage,’’ she said. “It is amongst us now so we can’t be complacent.’’

She said she was removing her child from childcare, ceasing family visits, stopping going to the gym and local coffee shops.

“I want you to do the same as me,’’ she said. “This is not someone else’s problem – this is ours. I work as a GP in the Redlands. My family live in the Redlands. I want them to live.’’
ENDS

Something is missing here ..what advice did the GP and her associates give to those patients suspected of "having symptoms" obviously they would need to self isolate themselves that's common knowledge .. you would think the reporter would have asked the question ........the question is how careful are those persons putting themselves into self isolation ...are they abiding by the rules.......impossible to watch them all 24/7.....social distancing strongly recommended.....and personal hygene....apparently the Gold Coast police are making spot checks on those identified with the virus are staying home for the mandatory 14 days.

Giddy Up :beer:

Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Gintara on 2020-Mar-23, 09:42 AM
Well golf is hardly an essential service.  At the the club where i am a member we were told not to take the flagstick out so we wouldn't pass on the corona virus but they forgot to consider that we touch the cup and flag stick when we retrieve the ball from the cup.

A few clubs were setting the cup upside down so you don't have to touch the stick or the cup. Always a risk that it bounces away but I guess you take what you can.

Whilst the club house will be shut, makes no sense to shut the course - maybe a rule of individual carts etc but you are outdoors at worse in a group of 4, anyway the way I hit it last week at Bonville I'd hardly be near my playing partners  :shy:
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: wily ole dog on 2020-Mar-23, 01:22 PM
Gin, I played there a bit over a month ago. It was in fantastic condition and a pleasure to walk around.
The pesky marshalls who harassed us a few years back have taken a softer approach......I think
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: fours on 2020-Mar-23, 02:16 PM
Japan racing

Any idea if it has been stopped?

Do they have a recess anyway?

Fours
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: sobig on 2020-Mar-23, 02:25 PM
Japan still going fours. Raced at Nakayama and Hanshin yesterday.

Not sure about the secondary level which was on last week but nothing scheduled on Sky for this week

New Zealand racing is cancelled from Wednesday for at least 4 weeks.
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: fours on 2020-Mar-23, 02:28 PM
Sobig,

Makes me wonder why the TAB is not moving to cover those meetings given they lost most of British racing.

Maybe something happened over night to change things like NZ.

Fours
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: specialweek2 on 2020-Mar-23, 02:42 PM
Japan racing

Any idea if it has been stopped?

Do they have a recess anyway?

Fours
No recess but no G1 racing from end of June to early October.
Nothing from JRA as yet about suspending. Easier to oversee here as it is controlled by one org. with only 2 training centers.
No fans but 93% of punters have a betting account.
G1 this Sunday.
NAR races are held at various tracks across the country but fairly sure Sky only takes races from a few venues through Rakuten the provider of the service.
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: fours on 2020-Mar-23, 03:04 PM
Thanks,

Peter Mair needs to take a long look here!

Lots of 16 hose fields and nothing wrong with favourite strike rates.

Fours
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: timw on 2020-Mar-23, 07:23 PM
Clubhouse now closed where i am a member.  I heard Yarrawonga and Border now closed (maybe clubhouse only) because the visitors flood the clubhouse for breakfast so probably a victim of its own success in attracting melbourne golfers to the murray river courses. PS a friend up here last week said the beer was terrible at the Yarrawonga course and in town and the only decent beer he had was at the waterski club.  The council owned 9 hole course where I also play still open today - they now have hand sanitiser in the shop whereas before that they rarely had soap in the mens until a friend complained.   
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Arsenal on 2020-Mar-24, 03:55 PM
Clubhouse now closed where i am a member.  I heard Yarrawonga and Border now closed (maybe clubhouse only) because the visitors flood the clubhouse for breakfast so probably a victim of its own success in attracting melbourne golfers to the murray river courses. PS a friend up here last week said the beer was terrible at the Yarrawonga course and in town and the only decent beer he had was at the waterski club.  The council owned 9 hole course where I also play still open today - they now have hand sanitiser in the shop whereas before that they rarely had soap in the mens until a friend complained.

Mixed bag in QLD golf clubs whose liquor license only affects the (closed) clubhouse Gailes for one still open for golf St Lucia Bulimba both public courses believed to be open others where the liquor license covers the course as well as the clubhouse are closed my club Pacific shut down Facebook of OLGR....no decision yet obviously the outside areas referred to in the PM's directive are not acres of fairways tees or greens.......a waiting game while the boffins scratch their heads....Royal Sydney still open according to The Australian .

https://www.vision6.com.au/em/message/email/view.php?id=1477752&a=17544&k=kcCtvEFpvq4aQomj9sr1Se9ZTZDCUGFjRxMnNPfuSJU&fbclid=IwAR1lpFFU7oJTRIJoOnzLTASgJVIcfIlJRpX_zIP7EtqyqnWwuGJOVUXYemo

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2020-Mar-24, 05:47 PM
My local pool at Sutherland has closed all the gyms, the indoor pools, the steam room and spa but the outdoor pool is still open.
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Arsenal on 2020-Mar-24, 06:56 PM
Racing hit with positive coronavirus test
By AAP15:53

Harness racing in NSW has been put on hold pending the results of coronavirus tests on a person who attended the Penrith meeting last week.

Harness Racing NSW said it was monitoring the health of that person after learning they had been in contact with someone who had tested positive to COVID-19.

Anyone who had direct contact with the person at last Thursday's race meeting has been notified.

HRNSW said meetings scheduled until March 26 have been abandoned. After Thursday, fields will be drawn in the hope harness racing can resume.

Anyone who was at the Penrith meeting is advised to closely monitor their health and seek immediate medical attention should they develop flu-like symptoms.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: timw on 2020-Mar-25, 10:26 AM
(re New Zealand)  https://loveracing.nz/RaceInfo/30037/Meeting-News-Article.aspx
NZTR has been communicating with MPI throughout the day to determine how racehorses currently located at trainers’ stables will be handled during the four-week lockdown which comes into effect at midnight on Wednesday, 25 March.
MPI has requested that NZTR, along with all other organisations in the primary sector applying to be considered as essential services during this time, complete an approval application form.  This documentation is expected to be sent to NZTR for completion this evening and we will be submitting it as soon as practical to MPI for consideration.

(re Ireland)  https://www.racingpost.com/news/coronavirus/racing-off-after-all-sporting-events-are-cancelled-in-ireland/429939(re Ireland)
Ireland is the latest racing nation to fall foul of the coronavirus pandemic after the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that all sporting events were to be cancelled as of midnight on Tuesday, including those behind closed doors, until April 19 at the earliest.
The development came just a day after the turf Flat season got underway at Naas and means the remainder of the campaign is now in the same uncertain territory as Britain, France and other major international jurisdictions. 
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: PoisonPen7 on 2020-Mar-25, 12:18 PM
Racing New South Wales bans interstate jockeys and trainers due to coronavirus

Plans for interstate horses and jockeys to compete in Sydney's rich Autumn Carnival have been thrown into chaos after Racing New South Wales announced its own extreme coronavirus restrictions.

The significant measures, which will change the way the industry operates in Australia, were announced on Tuesday afternoon and come into effect on Friday.

They include jockey segregation, the banning of interstate riders and trainers and restrictions on how horses arrive in the state.

Under the initiative, jockeys who were not located in New South Wales by 5pm on March 23 will not be permitted to attend or ride at any NSW racecourse.

The same applies for any NSW jockey that leaves the state and then returns.

This means the likes of champions Craig Williams and Damien Oliver will be forced to give up all of their Group 1 rides during the rest of the Autumn Carnival.

Interstate trainers will also be banned from attending NSW racecourses, as will trainers who leave the state and then return.

However, horses will be permitted to travel to NSW, but those deemed as essential personnel (stable staff, farriers, trainers) are not permitted to travel with them.

That means horses will have to be freighted from Victoria to NSW and left in the care of the stable staff already in the state.

The first meetings to be affected by the changes will be Muswellbrook and Sapphire Coast on Friday.

As part of the jockey segregation plans, riders based in NSW will be spilt into three zones – metropolitan, north and south/west.

Jockeys will have until Tuesday to announce which area they will ride in and will then be unable to accept mounts or complete barrier trials in any other zone. Trackwork is allowed.

Upon entering the weighing room on racedays, jockeys must immediately shower for a minimum of five minutes and then segregate a minimum of one and a half metres apart.

Meanwhile, trainers and jockeys entering Victoria from interstate will have to quarantine for 14 days under new travel restrictions announced by Racing Victoria on Tuesday.

Racing Victoria chief executive Giles Thompson said: "All licensed and registered participants and essential staff or personnel who arrive in Victoria after 6pm on Thursday will no longer be permitted to attend race meetings, training centres and licensed premises for a period of 14 days.

“We see this decision as another important step in maintaining a safe environment for the continuation of Victorian racing.”

https://www.racingpost.com/news/racing-new-south-wales-ban-interstate-jockeys-and-trainers-due-to-coronavirus/429843
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Mar-25, 12:51 PM
So what happens to the Epsom Derby and breeding stock etc. I do wonder what will happen to the yearling sales around the world too.

There will be less revenue going in to the bookies and if Racing stops what will happen to the staff and welfare of the horses?

There is more of a chance that the 7.30 report issues will be a drop in the ocean if Racing gets cancelled. Feed is expensive and so are staff.
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: fours on 2020-Mar-25, 02:47 PM
 :tears: :tears: :tears: :tears: :tears:

South Afrikan racing stopping Friday night

Fours :wavecry: :wavecry:
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Arsenal on 2020-Mar-25, 04:45 PM
Warwick Farm Races (Today) & Hawkesbury Races (Thurs) - Cancelled

Racing NSW received advice this afternoon that an interstate participant - who attended the Rosehill Gardens meeting on Saturday, 21 March 2020 - has received advice from health authorities that a commercial flight he caught on 12 March 2020 has had another passenger from that flight that has tested positive to COVID-19.

As the interstate participant travelled in a private charter flight with two other NSW participants and to minimise the risk of participants at today’s Warwick Farm meeting being exposed to COVID-19, the remainder of the Warwick Farm meeting has been cancelled. The interstate participant has been tested for COVID-19 and the results are expected later this week.

Accordingly, Thursday’s Hawkesbury race meeting has been cancelled  to minimise any risk to participants.

In the event the interstate participant tests negative, Racing NSW will immediately resume racing subject to any Government restriction.

ENDS

Probably refers to Craig Williams who came to Sydney to trial Castlevechhio and after MV on the Friday shared a charter with other jockeys Bowman and Berry ..hopefully he and others will test clear.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: sobig on 2020-Mar-25, 05:08 PM
The jockey in question is Mark Zahra.

All Victorian, NSW and WA races on hold waiting for his results,
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Mar-25, 05:10 PM
Tasmania is off too but not sure if related.
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: ratsack on 2020-Mar-25, 05:17 PM
Tasmania is off too but not sure if related.
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I don't know , I thought I did     lol
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: sobig on 2020-Mar-25, 05:32 PM
Launceston was strange this afternoon, Sky said there were problems with the track and showed a number of track staff looking at a couple of areas (I think in the straight).

However when the meeting was called off the screen said "Due to Health and Safety reasons"
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Arsenal on 2020-Mar-25, 07:10 PM
While not identified in official releases (aside from my stab in the dark incorrectly naming Craig Williams) the participant appears most likely  to be Mark Zahra who forfeited rides today at Sandown.
Apolgies to Craig Williams and fingers crossed that none of the riders who were on the charter flight have been infected by this virus

https://www.racing.com/form/2020-03-25/ladbrokes-park-hillside#/


Giddy Up :beer:
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Mar-25, 11:16 PM
If there is a positive test, then racing in Australia is finished for a period in the metropolitan area.

Hopefully it is not a positive as it will decimate racing worse than EI.

Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Mar-26, 07:27 PM
I cannot believe that the livelihood of people comes down to a Coronavirus test. The stupidity of this is if the rumours are true is that Zahra allegedly was sitting around the vicinity of seats of a cruise passenger. I am yet to hear that report on a media website so not sure if true or not.

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/time-of-zahra-test-results-to-decide-whether-victoria-races-friday-20200326

Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: sobig on 2020-Mar-26, 09:08 PM
Zahra has tested clear so racing OK for tomorrow
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Mar-26, 09:09 PM
Racing back on.

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/mark-zahra-tests-negative-to-coronavirus---racing-to-resume-20200326
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: arthur on 2020-Mar-26, 09:20 PM
Qld Winter Carny OFF . .

Qld to divide into zones . . Metro/ S.E . . Rocky/ Mackay . . T'ville/ Cairns . . with travel restrictions

Not quite sure of 'nuts & bolts' probably RQ isn't either . . seems to me that they are trying to implement measures to circumvent the inevitable  :confused1:
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Villa on 2020-Mar-26, 10:35 PM
Without the added competition, you can only image how many winners Mark Currie will now train   :mad:
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Arsenal on 2020-Mar-26, 11:00 PM
Racing NSW confirms that the two NSW industry participants that had travelled on a charter flight on 21 March 2020 with an interstate participant who may have been exposed to COVID-19, have both tested negative to COVID-19.

Racing NSW awaits the result of the tests performed on the interstate participant which are due today, before advising of the status of upcoming race meetings.

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/mark-zahra-tests-negative-to-coronavirus---racing-to-resume-20200326

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Arsenal on 2020-Mar-30, 04:00 PM

RV reduces prize money, stands down staff
Monday 30 March, 2020
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Racing Victoria chairman Brian Kruger has announced prize money and staff cuts.

Racing Victoria will cut prize money and stand down staff in a bid to reduce expenditure during the coronavirus pandemic.

From Wednesday, RV said 40 per cent of its permanent staff would be temporarily stood down or required to work reduced hours.

The RV board and executive team have voluntarily agreed to a reduction in pay of 50 per cent and 20 per cent respectively.

The staff members to be stood down are being encouraged to take accrued entitlements via annual leave and long service leave while those with minimal entitlements will be offered 20 days annual leave in advance.

Starting from next Monday, RV's contribution to the prize money for all Victorian flat and jumps races will also be reduced until further notice.

- Metropolitan - a 20 per cent reduction in prize money contribution per race

- Country - 10 per cent provided that no TAB race is conducted for less than $20,000.

RV said prize money contributions to individual races by racing clubs and sales companies, which predominantly occurs during the major carnivals, would be at the discretion of those parties.

Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold bonuses will be reduced by 15 per cent in metropolitan races and 7.5 per cent in the country, while next month's The Showdown will be reduced from $1 million to $905,000.

The $500,000 VOBIS Gold Guineas has been reduced by almost $50,000 and other VOBIS Gold premier races will be reduced by 20 per cent in town and 10 per cent in the country.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has had an incredible impact on the world as we know it, affecting livelihoods and our way of life," RV chairman Brian Kruger said.

"Racing is not immune to that and thus we have had to make some incredibly tough decisions today around our workforce and prize money which fuels participation in our industry.

"These are not decisions that we have taken lightly, however the impacts of the past fortnight and the nation's rapidly evolving economic crisis means that we must act now to help soften the blow for Victorian racing.

"It has become clear that this pandemic and the associated economic crisis will have a long-term impact on our industry if we don't seek to mitigate the impact now.

"It is critical for the long-term viability of the industry that we reduce our expenditure to help compensate for the short to medium term reduction we will have in our revenues.

"Equally, this will ensure that we are in the best position to support the industry if a shutdown occurs and to subsequently lead the rebuild of Victorian racing."
ENDS

Today's economic assistance measures announced by the PM should  have some application to the racing industry .....once the news sinks in I expect Racing Australia and all State control bodies will issue statements and any changes to existing protocols.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: westie on 2020-Mar-30, 04:47 PM

................From Wednesday, RV said 40 per cent of its permanent staff would be temporarily stood down or required to work reduced hours.

The RV board and executive team have voluntarily agreed to a reduction in pay of 50 per cent and 20 per cent respectively.

The staff members to be stood down are being encouraged to take accrued entitlements via annual leave and long service leave while those with minimal entitlements will be offered 20 days annual leave in advance..............................

Giddy Up :beer:

That's good of them [board / executive], pity they couldn't do as the workers will have to do.
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Mar-30, 05:05 PM
That's good of them [board / executive], pity they couldn't do as the workers will have to do.

They should reduce the pay for board and execs by around 50-75% minimum.

I have not heard if racing is banned at all.
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Apr-02, 03:23 PM
Tasmania Racing suspended for next 4 weeks.  I wonder if that time period will change too.

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/premier-announces-tasmanian-racing-shutdown-20200402

Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: arthur on 2020-Apr-02, 05:07 PM
Thin end of the wedge . .  :wavecry:
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Gintara on 2020-Apr-03, 02:03 PM
Tasmania Racing suspended for next 4 weeks.  I wonder if that time period will change too.

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/premier-announces-tasmanian-racing-shutdown-20200402

The interesting question is why? Nothing had changed, no positives etc  :shrug:

One wonders was this an easy step taken towards crushing the industry?
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Apr-03, 02:35 PM
The interesting question is why? Nothing had changed, no positives etc  :shrug:

One wonders was this an easy step taken towards crushing the industry?

Without being too controversial, at what point do we cease restrictions? Do we need a 0% case growth or is it 1% etc?

My non racing work colleagues can’t believe that Racing is on when many other activities are not. The kids cannot have birthday parties while literally we have 100s of people from different parts of the city mix at the races.

I love sports and racing but I can see their point. Racing fans like us look at it an industry that supports many participants but those outside look at it like special rules for some.

Unfortunately this is life for next 3-6 months and we have to accept it. If Racing stops, some of us might even save some money.   :lol:
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: arthur on 2020-Apr-03, 02:58 PM
Racing is on when many other activities are not. The kids cannot have birthday parties while literally we have 100s of people from different parts of the city mix at the races.

This is the rock on which we will perish . .

I can't believe the 'social pressure' with regard to sending kids to kindy/ child-care in the light of other isolation measures . . there are so many glaring inconsistencies
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: fours on 2020-Apr-03, 02:59 PM
Jeunes,

Tell them about the money for hospitals that racing provides quite apart from being the number 3 employer in the country.

Fours
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Apr-03, 04:20 PM
Jeunes,

Tell them about the money for hospitals that racing provides quite apart from being the number 3 employer in the country.

Fours

They might ask who pays for the gambler’s anonymous, social problems arising from problem gambling, domestic violence caused by gambling or  families split up by gambling etc.

Now that clubs and casinos are closed, I do wonder how some of the poker machine addicts are going as they can’t play online too.

Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Villa on 2020-Apr-03, 05:18 PM
The interesting question is why? Nothing had changed, no positives etc  :shrug:

One wonders was this an easy step taken towards crushing the industry?

The future of Tasmanian racing is always going to be viable as long as it’s leading Trainer keeps having to pay fines of up to $7000 for jamming his horses with Arsenic 🙄
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: fours on 2020-Apr-03, 05:18 PM
Jeunes,

They can and do play pokies online.

Alcohol far far worse then gambling in ALL of those aspects and plenty of them probably drink like crazy.

Fours
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Apr-03, 05:31 PM
Channel 9 had a report that Tabcorp is asking for a suspension of all rent for all their properties ie the standalone TABs.

Not sure if they are making losses or just taking advantage of the PM’s desire to suspend rents.
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Apr-03, 05:49 PM
Jeunes,

They can and do play pokies online.

Alcohol far far worse then gambling in ALL of those aspects and plenty of them probably drink like crazy.

Fours

I thought inline casinos and poker machines were banned in Australia.

Alcohol or Gambling to a Puritan are regarded the same.

If they ban racing, I would be bored to death and it is bad enough with sports. However there are a lot of people out there who are sick or lost loved ones so it is a small price for us to pay if we can save lives.
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Gintara on 2020-Apr-04, 11:35 AM
Without being too controversial, at what point do we cease restrictions? Do we need a 0% case growth or is it 1% etc?

My non racing work colleagues can’t believe that Racing is on when many other activities are not. The kids cannot have birthday parties while literally we have 100s of people from different parts of the city mix at the races.

I love sports and racing but I can see their point. Racing fans like us look at it an industry that supports many participants but those outside look at it like special rules for some.

Unfortunately this is life for next 3-6 months and we have to accept it. If Racing stops, some of us might even save some money.   :lol:

On the contrary Juenes if the racing industry is smart about it (heard the other day they are taking temps etc of everyone going onto the track) and the particpants continue to isolate when not involved then why not?

It's far more controlled then out in the general population - I ducked up the local shops yesterday to grab a few things, it was the 1st time I'd been out other than walking the dog at 6am in the morning for two weeks that I'd been out but was amazed at the people around. Most were adhering to the distancing but its near impossible to avoid anyone / anything.

Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: arthur on 2020-Apr-04, 11:53 AM
First 'Letter to Editor' in today's Courier Mail . .

Won't be the last
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: timw on 2020-Apr-06, 08:44 PM
This story made it to USA:

Australian Apprentice Banned Six Months For ‘Total Disregard’ Of COVID-19 Precautions

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards have disqualified apprentice jockey Zoe White for six months after she defied a Steward's direction to stand down from riding.

In a Stewards Inquiry held via telephone on Thursday, White was handed the strong penalty after she attended track-work in Rockhampton Wednesday despite being directed to stand down from riding and to self-quarantine for 14 days……

https://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/australian-apprentice-banned-six-months-for-total-disregard-of-covid-19-precautions/
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Peter Mair on 2020-Apr-06, 09:36 PM


In the normal course -- what did happen -- to racing -- would not have


The virus-recession could well see the racing industry put back in its box.

Most punters, my age, remember 'racing' restricted to Saturdays and, beware, Wednesdays.

These days it is 'everyday' and 'everywhere' -- the commercial basis of the conduct of racing has, frankly, 'gone mad'  -- and the implication, that it should not have, looms large.

No one, in their right mind, would sensibly bet on racing beyond 'Saturday - metropolitan'.

................... even worse.......... no one in their right mind....... would now bet on even metropolitan racing in Melbourne ................... it has been corrupted by greed over integrity ----- inflating Saturday fields, with bribes to 'run tenth',  puts land-mines on the tracks at random to deny a fair-go..

Saturday racing in the other states and territories is very clearly  'no-go' arenas. You know that.

...... not even the Melbourne Spring has been spared ....... anyone betting in 'Cup week' could fairly be declared demented by the resident Master-in-Lunacy.


Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: napes on 2020-Apr-07, 11:08 AM
Well it's lucky your not in your right mind.

Racing has lasted over 200 years in Australia and will endure.

Some of the best and most popular carnivals are outside metropolitan areas and will survive without your patronage. As would this forum!
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Apr-19, 11:48 PM
I find it quite strange that Qld are not going ahead with their Winter Carnival.

Some of the past sprinting feature group 1 winners in past few years include Redzel, Santa Anna Lane, Trekking, Bostonian etc.

I know there is a big argument for quarantine etc but if I was the government, I probably will run the carnival but impose a 14 day quarantine on visitors etc. I can’t see many owners and trainers knocking that opportunity and this way Queensland looks after the general population too.
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Atreus on 2020-Apr-20, 04:21 PM
QLD are going ahead with their winter carnival

Stradbroke and JJ Atkins will be run for 350K

G2 and G3 races will be run for around 175K

Some listed races will be run for 85K, others just over 100K

https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/news-and-guides/april-2020/rq-announces-winter-programming

The Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap headlines the Metro North feature races and will be held at Eagle Farm on June 6 alongside the Group 1 JJ Atkins, while the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes and The Roses will be staged the following week.
 
In the Metro South West region, Aquis Park will host the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas and Ken Russell Memorial on May 16, along with the listed Silk Stocking.
 
RQ CEO Brendan Parnell said whilst a winter carnival could not proceed, selected feature racing would continue in the Sunshine State on a limited basis.
 
“It’s important to recognise that this is not business as usual,” Mr Parnell said.
 
“The absence of the Doomben 10,000, the Derby and the Oaks is evidence of this point, along with feature prize money levels being reduced by more than 75% and black-type racing almost halved.
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-Apr-20, 11:34 PM
So no real lead up races for the Stradbroke from what the RQ are saying with no Doomben 10,000 or BTC Cup. Sad no Derby or Oaks or the Doomben Cup too.

However we still have the Stradbroke and JJ Atkins so better than none.
Title: Corona virus and Racing
Post by: Jeunes on 2020-May-02, 09:30 AM
There are rumours and I emphasise rumours, that there are talks about pubs and clubs opening up again in all of Australia by end of July at the latest if the cases hold.

I am gathering that means that Tab retail outlets will be open by that if most shops are supposed to reopen in next 4 weeks.