Racing Queensland Board: Stradbroke Handicap Happening on June 6
BRISBANE, Queensland – The Racing Queensland Board made an announcement confirming the date of the Stradbroke Handicap.
The racing organisation of Queensland said that the signature race of Brisbane would take place on June 6 at Eagle Farm, an eastern industrial suburban area in the Queensland city.
The Stradbroke Handicap will lead the Metro North feature competitions, according to the report by Justhorseracing.com.au.
It is one of the two Group One sporting events restored in the amended list of 26 winter black-type competitions of the Racing Queensland Board.
Neville Bell spoke regarding the latest proclamation of the racing organisation of Queensland.
He cited that the racing industry members’ collaborative efforts made the pronouncement possible. Also, the chairman of the Brisbane Racing Club said that cooperation prevailed.
Hence, they were able to implement stringent biosecurity protocols amid the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic.
Moreover, Bell remarked that the holding of the Stradbroke Handicap is a welcome update for the racing sector of Queensland.
He pointed out that it is because, like every sport, they were facing the likelihood of not being able to conduct their feature competitions two weeks ago due to the global health emergency crisis.
Bell relayed that the wider racing community of Queensland and the members of the Brisbane Racing Club could now anticipate races like the Stradbroke Handicap pushing through.
He described these sporting events as a highlight during this challenging period.
The Stradbroke Handicap features slashed prize money. From $1.5 million, the cash prize is now worth $350,000.
Steve Wilson remarked that they understand that cash prize reduction is painful. After all, the fundings are the wages and salaries that sustain the racing sector, he said.
The chairman of the Racing Queensland Board, nevertheless, affirmed that they are devoted to giving hope to their participants.
Wilson relayed that they understand that these people are navigating the wellness, social, and economic challenges of the turbulent times which the COVID-19 pandemic caused.
Last week, the racing organisation of Queensland conducted conferences with significant industry personnel.
Then, yesterday, the group’s issued announcement included an outline of the new feature race program.
The Racing Queensland Board’s scheme will hold restricted black-type racing.
Throughout May and June this year, the sporting events for this program will take place over six weeks.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the racing industry in Australia, competitions in Queensland have carried on.
However, the Racing Queensland Board imposed stringent biosecurity measures and the holding of matches without crowds.
Furthermore, the group divided the state into five regions. In metro north, city standard competition carries on based in Brisbane.
Meanwhile, in metro south, racing focuses on the Gold Coast.
Also, the Racing Queensland Board made it clear that present restrictions that limit racehorse trainers, jockeys, and other licensed people to their assigned racing zones would remain in effect.
The racing organisation of Queensland, however, remarked that to compete, it would permit conditional horse movement between racing zones.
The Racing Queensland Board responded to the outcry of some racing clubs, racehorse trainers, and breeders following the cancellation of the regular winter carnival.
The racing organisation of Queensland gathered that the protesting groups wanted them to offer black-type racing.
Plus, the Racing Queensland Board learned that the racing clubs, racehorse trainers, and breeders had contended that the other Australian states run feature horse race meetings.
South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales are among these states conducting the sporting events for reduced cash prizes, according to the decrying group.