SOUTH Australian participants are breathing a sigh of relief, albeit with bated breath!
Following yesterday’s dramatic lockdown by the state government, harness racing was forced into an instant lockdown along with 99 per cent of businesses.
With a corona virus cluster growing to 23 in just a few days, the government made a swift decision to lockdown its citizens for six days in hope of stopping the numbers becoming a second wave outbreak.
Unlike the Victorian lockdown which came into a effect a couple of days after the announcement, South Australians were give just hours notice with the restrictions effective as of 11:59pm last night.
As such Saturday and Monday’s races at Globe Derby were cancelled as well as the weekend’s trials.
Along with the disappointment of losing the meetings, participants were left unsure as to the rules relating to caring for and working their horses.
Clarification came through this morning which allows trainers to “exercise” horses.
“Under State Government direction, trainers and their stablehands are permitted to attend stables and training centres to provide both care and adequate exercise for horses,” a HRSA statement read.
“HRSA reminds all participants to limit their activities in accordance with the current restrictions.”
With the Southern Cross scheduled to begin in nine days, participants can do little more than wait in hope the futurity can be conducted.
Using Victoria’s second wave as an example, which forced the public into lockdown for months, South Australians could be set for disappointment.
One difference Victorians were fortunate enjoy is racing was one of the few industries allowed to continue.