Snowden Racing Will Continue Racehorse Training If Sport Shuts Down
VICTORIA, Australia – Racehorse trainers in Australia, such as Peter and Paul Snowden, are in the process of designing contingency measures.
They are preparing for the possible scenario of horse racing shutting down due to the threat that the coronavirus pandemic has brought globally.
Horse racing has stopped in New Zealand. However, the race tracks in that country stay open for business.
The operators of these sporting facilities have kept them open for training. They cited that they are mindful of the interests of the racehorse welfare.
In Australia, Peter Snowden affirmed the importance of still being able to educate and train the racehorses.
He and his son train a large group of racehorses at the Royal Randwick Racecourse.
The owner of Snowden Racing was responding to the query regarding the sporting animals’ fate if the same event which took place in New Zealand happens to the horse racing industry in the country.
The elderly Snowden has expressed his eagerness to keep the tracks open, even if it is likely that horse racing will stop temporarily.
He relayed that, at least, they could keep the racehorses, especially the yearlings, which they can train.
The premier racehorse trainer in the country shared that his company typically prepares the racehorses to compete in October.
If the race tracks shut down, he said that these sporting animals would not be ready to race until January 2021.
Aside from the welfare of the racehorses, Snowden also spoke about his employees. In their facility in Kensington, New South Wales, they have 60 workers.
He said that, if they turn out all the racehorses, his staff members would not have work to do.
He mentioned that they are helping their employees keep their jobs and are keeping them paid.
Snowden Racing is doing all of these measures by opting to keep the race track open for business and the racehorses in the stable, the racehorse training company’s proprietor said.
Based on the report by Australian horse racing news service HorseBetting.com.au, the racehorse training company has implemented a series of biosecurity measures.
The Australian firm has imposed extra handwashing steps, checking the body temperatures of their workers, and disinfecting the gates, feed rooms, and all the other areas of the facility.
Also, the operators of the racehorse training company had warned the members of their staff. They advised their workers to head straight to their houses after the workday.
Snowden affirmed that they are presently discouraging their employees from attending gatherings and socialising as well.
This week, horse racing did not exhibit the “business as usual” picture. Five states have suspended the sport temporarily.
They are Western Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria, and Queensland. Horse racing officials are currently waiting for the results of the coronavirus test of Mark Zahra.
He is a jockey in Victoria who shared a charter flight with two riders from Sydney, Tommy Berry and Hugh Bowman.
However, the latter tested negative from coronavirus.
If the result of the test of Zahra is similar to those of Bowman and Berry, horse racing will resume in the five states starting today Friday, March 27.
Moreover, racehorse trainers are getting their racehorses prepared on that basis.