OWNERS ALLOWED TO ATTEND MEETINGS DURING STAGE TWO
THIS Friday, Clifford Park will allow owners on track to watch their horses for the first time since March and the onset of COVID19.
The presence of some owners on track – in a designated space segregated from industry participants – will be the first step toward the general public being allowed back on-course, which is likely to happen in July.
Toowoomba Turf Club Chairman Kent Woodford said owners would be able to attend Clifford Park from this Friday’s night meeting for their horse’s race only, then leave the course.
“The Board and the Club fully understand a return to racing for patrons – including our Members – is going to be a tricky road.
“Owners are the lifeblood of our industry and to be able to offer them the opportunity to see their horse race, the TTC is simply following suit with other Queensland-based race clubs and the NSW racing industry.
“There will be strict security and protocols for owners to follow. They will be allowed to arrive at Clifford Park 20 minutes before their race and have their details recorded for potential contact tracing. They will then be able to watch their race and leave 20 minutes after.
“There is still not to be any contact between owners and essential racing personnel and no betting on course,” Mr Woodford said.
TTC Chief Executive Officer Lizzy King said the club was working closely with Racing Queensland to comply with RQ’s Industry COVIDsafe plan.
“This comprehensive plan includes everything from social distancing enforcement, health monitoring, cleaning and hygiene requirements and continued segregation of essential rac