CLIFFORD Park will adhere to a directive from its governing body, Racing Queensland, for patron-free racing due to COVID-19. 

Race meetings, as well as morning trackwork, jump outs and barrier trials – until further notice – will be conducted with key race-day personnel only. 

Toowoomba Turf Club Chairman Kent Woodford said it was important for the TTC to obey Racing Queensland’s decision, which applies to all TAB and non-TAB clubs across the State. 

The decision was made following the Federal Government’s advice that all non-essential, organised gatherings of more than 500 people be cancelled to manage the spread of COVID-19. 

Access will be permitted to licenced participants who have a horse engaged at the meeting, along with essential club, QRIC and RQ staff; broadcast services; approved accredited media; and associated staff required to conduct racing activities including veterinarians and ambulance services. 

Access will not be permitted to the general public in any code, nor owners or on-course wagering providers. 

“We are experiencing a unique and complex situation which requires Racing Queensland to adopt a uniform approach,” RQ CEO Brendan Parnell said. 

“The health and safety of our 40,000 participants, including those who are employed in the industry, remains our top-priority and we will continue to work with our clubs, QRIC and participants to navigate this period.” 


For further information, contact Toowoomba Turf Club Chief Executive Officer Lizzy King on 0478 752 039.