COVID-19 Second Wave Results to South Australia Racing’s Shutdown

SOUTH AUSTRALIA, Australia – Scheduled horse race meetings got cancelled today following the report of a second coronavirus or COVID-19 wave. These competitions that will no longer push through include Friday’s Naracoorte sporting event. Additionally, on November 21 and 22, the Morphettville and Clare competitions were supposed to happen, respectively. Nevertheless, these tilts will also not go ahead because of the COVID-19 second wave.

Horse racing has been cancelled in South Australia. This event comes as the Australian state combats a sudden second wave of the coronavirus outbreak. The forced racing shutdown comes into effect beginning on Thursday, November 19 at 12.01 AM and it will last for six days, as per British news and media website, The Guardian. Additionally, this suspension is a component of the South Australia-wide hard lockdown considered as a “circuit breaker” designed to halt the coronavirus’s dissemination.

The six-day racing cessation is reportedly an expected event following the South Australian harness authorities making the initial move this Wednesday afternoon, November 18. Under the South Australian lockdown, which lasts for almost one week, all the jump-outs and trials got cancelled as well. During this period, the establishments that will remain open for business are veterinary clinics, medical facilities, public transport, and supermarkets.

The Thoroughbred Racing South Australia (TRSA) confirmed the shutdown’s date of effectivity, based on the report posted online by Australian horse racing news and information portal, Racenet. The controlling organisation for horseracing in South Australia has already conducted meetings with the South Australian Police, the South Australian Chief Public Health Officer, and the State Government today. In keeping with racehorse welfare and wellness, the TRSA is reportedly collaborating closely with the Government to permit daily horse training practices to carry on.

Nick Redin is the chief executive officer of the TRSA. His group promotes, represents, and supports South Australia’s thoroughbred horse racing sector. In a statement, Redin said that track work would not be allowed in all of the racing clubs in the state at this point. He pointed out that this cancellation will last until such time that his organisation receives advice from the Government regarding the permission for training to carry on or otherwise.

Moreover, Redin remarked that the TRSA is hopeful to have a result from the Government regarding their submission later today. He said that their team will continue to relay any further updates and modifications about horse racing in South Australia as they become available. Plus, the TRSA head cited that they appreciate the horse racing supporters’ patience and assistance during this unprecedented period in the industry.

Redin said that he assures the horse racing fans that the TRSA has the racehorses and horse racing participants’ welfare at the forefront. He also wished the supporters to remain in safe locations. Redin added in his statement that their group would continue to offer updates as they become accessible.

Meanwhile, before the latest shutdown in South Australian horse racing that the TRSA announced, Calvin McEvoy had expressed his sadness. The racehorse trainer conceded the challenges which the authorities faced, with lockdown procedures tighter than the measures which the Victorians endured. McEvoy also remarked that it would be difficult for the horse racing sector if the authorities shut down takeaway shops.

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