IN WELCOME news for participants, prizemoney is poised to return to pre Covid-19 levels in South Australia.
Forced to cut stakes as a result of the pandemic, Harness Racing SA has announced prizemoney will rise again as of August 1.
In a show of solidarity during the painful period, HRSA staff also took a pay cut in line with the prizemoney reduction.
In announcing the good news HRSA chairman George Fiacchi thanked participants for their endurance and grit throughout the tough time.
South Australia will be one of the first states to return to pre Covid-19 levels.
“We are thrilled to be able to do this so quickly for participants,” Fiacchi said.
“It has been a tough and testing time for all but hopefully it is behind us now and we can move forward and use this as a stepping stone to continue to grow prizemoney levels.
“We’ve been somewhat fortunate during Covid-19 as we have been able to buckle down and continue as an industry.
“A big shout out to all participants as they had to grin and bear it and have battled through while understanding what needed to be done.
“Being able to return stakes to the previous level is a direct result of the industry’s support and commitment over the past few months.”
During the same time frame HRSA added a meeting to its calendar by racing on Tuesday nights, with the extra program proving a windfall for the industry.
As such, the governing body will continue with the timeslot, which is set to move from Globe Derby to Port Pirie.
“Tuesday nights started slowly but have proved to be a bonanza,” Fiacchi said. “With the closures TAB took a hit but it was more than compensated on our corporate product.
“There are some green shoots appearing here and we want to see those grow.”