Horse racing returns to the valley this weekend
PUNTERS in the Lockyer Valley will welcome the sound of thundering hooves at the Lockyer Valley Turf Club on Saturday.
And while social distancing restrictions remain in effect, meaning members of the public will unfortunately not be allowed to attend, Lockyer Valley Turf Club president Terry Kirkwood said there were plenty of ways people could tune in.
“If they’ve got mobile phones, they can watch on the TAB app, and we’ll be on Sky and Thoroughbred Central if they have pay TV,” he said.
“It will just be us and the Gold Coast broadcasting on Saturday, so we should get plenty of focus.”
The meet is a welcome event for the area, and it will be the first time the club holds racing using their new stalls.
Disappointingly, the Gatton Cup previously scheduled for May 30 remains cancelled.
“This is the only one we’ve got for this month. We’ve also got one coming up in June,” Kirkwood said.
“I think at the moment Racing Queensland are just planning things out month-by-month.
“There’s no point trying to plan things out too far because they don’t know what restrictions are going to be like.”
He said co-ordinating the race day was a complicated process, as there were a range of new measures that had to be put in place behind the scenes to keep people separate and safe.
“The racing industry is very lucky to be racing,” he said.
“A lot of people are unaware, but there are a lot of protocols we have to follow, and they’re very strict.”
In addition to a ban on public attendance, social distancing requirements must be adhered to, masks must be worn, and everyone who attends the club must pass a temperature check before being allowed inside.
Inside, site staff, jockeys, and trainers remain segregated from one another, and only limited people are allowed to handle equipment, most of which has to be sanitised after each race.
For more information on this weekend’s event, visit the Racing Queensland website.