COVID-19 Rules Will Limit Magic Millions Cup 2021 Crowd

BRISBANE, Queensland – The Magic Millions Cup is an annual Restricted Listed black type horse racing competition. This upcoming 1,400-metre tilt will take place on January 16, 2021, at the Gold Coast Racecourse in Queensland. According to Australian horse betting news and tips website, JustHorseRacing, the Magic Millions Cup boasts a total prize money pool worth $1 million. The COVID-safe plan will reportedly restrict the crowds on the Magic Millions race day because of the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic. Racing Queensland (RQ) is implementing this coronavirus-related strategy.

In horse racing venues, the COVID-safe plan allows one person per two square metres. Since the venue is mixed both outdoors and inside areas, RQ will enforce their COVID-19-related regulation on Magic Millions race day. Steve Lines affirmed that a typical crowd for the much-awaited Gold Coast horse racing match in January would be approximately 24,000 spectators.

He cited, however, that they would be expecting to welcome less horse racing fans to Magic Millions Day next month. The Gold Coast Turf Club head remarked that, due to the present COVID or coronavirus rules compliance, the attendees would get limited to roughly 14,000 to 16,000 fans.

Lines pointed out that their organisation is still working on ways and coordinating with the proper authorities at this point regarding the crowd aspect of the forthcoming Magic Millions Cup. He relayed that, in the next few weeks, they are hopeful that the scenario could get altered. Racehorses that take part in the Magic Millions Cup run under quality handicap situations.

Additionally, the newly created Aquis Raceday precedes the Magic Millions race day the Saturday before. The TAB Wave highlights the sporting event, and three Magic Millions horse races, including the Aquis Gold Pearl for two-year-olds, the Aquis Gold Nugget, and the Country Cup. Last month, the Suncorp Stadium got permitted to jam in nearly 50,000 spectators for the State Of Origin deciding match.

During the game day, the multi-purpose stadium in Brisbane attracted an estimated 49,155 people. Besides, a Stadiums Queensland COVIDSafe plan allowed those crowd figures. The State Of Origin deciding game got categorised as an outdoor sporting event. Under present regulations, racetracks are effectively treated in the same way as hospitality venues. Hence, the State Of Origin match got constrained by the number of patrons it could have.

Meanwhile, the Brisbane Racing Club (BRC) is also reportedly keen on a relaxation of coronavirus or COVID-19 restrictions on racetracks. The group and several major southeast Queensland horse racing organisations have sent a letter to the health officials and the State Government regarding the matter.

Based on the report posted online by Australian horse betting news and information website, Racenet, BRC chief executive officer Tony Partridge proclaimed that they at the BRC are interested in having horse racing clubs treated no worse than stadiums with COVID-19 rules.

An RQ representative declared that the group has stayed in contact with the State Government and its wellness officers regarding its industry-approved COVIDSafe Plan. The spokesperson said that, unsurprisingly, they are interested in witnessing as many spectators at their summer carnival sporting events.

The RQ representative confirmed that they would like the attendees to enjoy the features and be safe and responsible. RQ would carry on liaising with the Gold Coast Turf Club and Queensland Health regarding the COVIDSafe Plan. The group would respect that this strategy remains at the Chief Health Officer’s approval, as per the RQ spokesperson.

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