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 appr