Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Not surprisingly, the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s meeting set down for Sunday (March 29) at Tara Raceway has been cancelled due to a lack of nominations.
This follows the SA State Government’s announcement this week regarding cross border movement which means Greyhound Racing SA is currently unable to accept nominations from interstate trainers for any forthcoming race meetings.
Immediately, this has impacted on racing at Mount Gambier which historically has relied upon a large percentage of Victorian trainers bringing their greyhounds to Tara Raceway for both Thursday and Sunday race meetings.
However, impacted Victorian participants will be able to continue to race in their state, having access to the relatively close tracks of Warrnambool, Horsham and Ballarat.
GRSA Racing Manager Shaun Mathieson said the SA State Government had also stated that there would be some exemptions from the cross border restrictions.
“Residents who live near the border and make frequent crossings for essential goods and services can be classified as exempt.
“So, if an interstate trainer can gain specific exemption from the SA Government to race his or her greyhounds in SA during the coronavirus cross border movement ban, then GRSA will accept their nominations subject to the appropriate documentation being presented by the trainer.
“GRSA, on behalf of these interstate trainers, has sought clarification about specific exemption and we’ll update participants when we receive information,” he said.
Mathieson also said GRSA would continue to program Sunday meetings at Mount Gambier but understood those meetings were likely to struggle for nominations with only SA trainers currently eligible.
“In support of local trainers affected by Mount Gambier not racing on Sundays, GRSA will immediately introduce the Remote Trainer’s Fee of $75 to assist GRSA trainers whose registered premises are located more than 150 kilometres from their nearest accessible race track.”
Further to on-track attendance at all current SA greyhound meetings is this week’s announcement that until further notice only licensed trainers with greyhounds engaged, catchers and essential staff will be granted access.
Meanwhile, Greyhound Racing NSW this week announced a temporary closure of 70 per cent of racing venues across the state and the lock down of seven strategically selected zoned regions outside of Sydney.
Participants will be able to race only in their zoned region at one of the following tracks: Bathurst, Bulli, Dapto, Dubbo, Richmond, Grafton, The Gardens (Newcastle), Goulburn, Gunnedah and Wagga.
Racing will cease at Wentworth Park for the immediate future to avoid any exposure to metropolitan Sydney with GRNSW working on staging approximately 15 meetings a week across the designated venues.
No more than 50 participants will be allowed at a given venue at any one time and no interstate greyhounds or trainers will be permitted to race in NSW.
And in New Zealand, all three codes will cease racing for at least the next 28 days.