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25 Mar 20 01:33
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"Horse racing is endangering its staff, their families and Australians at large.

The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses is calling on the Australian Government to remain consistent with the message of minimizing/preventing non-essential gatherings and step in to immediately suspend horse racing until the Corona Virus threat is over.

In order to protect these workers, their families and every other Australian they come in contact with, we must demand the racing industry cease operating immediately.

It’s simply impossible for workers to handle racehorses and their gear at the track whilst also following the governments social distancing rules. Horses being prepared in the stalls, going into the barriers and returning to the mounting yard are handled by various staff in close proximity to them and each other.

Not only has the racing industry repeatedly demonstrated they not care about the horses they profit from, they are also putting the lives of the people on the ground who too make the industry tick over; the strappers, attendants, stewards, grounds persons, jockeys, barrier attendants and those they come into contact with outside of racing at great risk for the sake of profits.

Major sporting events across Australia and the globe have done the right thing by their supporters and participants by suspending their activities yet the racing industry continues on. When did horse racing become an essential service?

Beginning with the Grand National, the British Racing Authority have now cancelled all race meets at least until the beginning of May. Australia should and must follow suit.

A potential spike in problem gambling is also a major concern. People are going to be doing it very tough over the coming months. The racing industry preys on people's financial vulnerabilities and desperation. A complete suspension of horse and greyhound racing will help to protect those who are most vulnerable from such pitfalls."


"Racing looks set to continue for at least another day, with the sport escaping additional restrictions imposed on a range of activities announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison late on Tuesday night.

The PM announced sweeping new measures to combat the Coronavirus pandemic, but made no additional changes to the restrictions already placed on outdoor professional sporting events."
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Report ProSniper March 25, 2020 5:32 AM GMT
Postponements taking place mid-meetings. The fred must be due to snap..
Report value bet March 25, 2020 6:27 AM GMT
Rubbish, what a negative post you may as well never bet again?

It will close when things happen like now down for 48 hours waiting for test results.
Report ProSniper March 25, 2020 6:47 AM GMT
No point burying your head Jimmy. They can of course carry on.. but at what cost? The burden is on those who call the shots. Easy enough to carry if you don't give a ****.
Report Burkey1885 March 25, 2020 7:24 AM GMT
You can watch live racing on paddy free at min no bet required
U must be bored pro Laugh
Report Darlo Bantam March 25, 2020 8:37 AM GMT
Looks like some postponements this morning due to those involved having tested positive and / or contact with other cases.
Report ProSniper March 25, 2020 9:22 AM GMT
biggy, boredom is a playground for the devil. I'm never bored. There's always something to do and something that needs done. The odd time when nothing but patience will do..I don't struggle there either as that is one of my stronger suits Happy
Report ProSniper March 25, 2020 5:00 PM GMT
"As the human population braces for further job losses, the stock market slumps and businesses scale back or shut down, horses around Australia go about their daily routines, immune to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Until this week, most of Australia's three racing codes remained in operation as the only sports continuing, behind closed doors. But news of a Melbourne jockey potentially coming into contact recently with someone who had a positive coronavirus test stopped race meetings in Melbourne and Sydney on Wednesday.
And a separate positive test caused harness racing to be suspended in Victoria, Western Australia and New South Wales.

Even before that drama, respected sports doctor Peter Brukner believed racing's days were limited.

"It's pretty hard to socially isolate in a horse race and I think also it's the message that it's sending out," Brukner says.

"You've got 16 jockeys in pretty close proximity for a minute or two in the race. You can distance yourself in an office but you can't on a racetrack.

"I'd be surprised if it continued, from a public health point of view, and an image point of view."

The make-up of racing, however, is vastly different to that of the AFL, NRL or the Olympic Games, which have been postponed due to the risk posed to society.
Most notably, the difference lies in the animals, for it is their sporting careers that hundreds of trainers and their staff rely on for income.
The welfare of more than 38,000 thoroughbreds and the financial future of more than 70,000 full-time equivalent workers hinges on the federal government declaring Australian racing exempt from likely upcoming lockdowns.

Racing authorities at national and state level will provide numerous reasons why the sport is well-placed to resume behind closed doors, but more vital are the reasons why racing can't afford to stop.

As champion trainer David Hayes puts it: "Horses aren't like coffee shops; you can't just shut the doors and turn the machines off." Laugh

Racing Australia chairman Greg Nichols says: "Horses require attention, [horses don't] play by the rules of coronavirus or any other pandemic. They still need to be attended to and knowing the people involved in the sport, that would be their priority, to know the horses were well looked after."

Racing in a lot of countries has stopped, including New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa this week.

But the training of horses, as is the case across the Tasman and in countries such as France, must continue for the health of the animal.

"I think there's just got to be exemptions," Nichols argues, when asked what a total lockdown of the country might mean for the thoroughbred population.

"The horse still needs to be fed and watered, preferably exercised. You've got so many other elements you need to consider."

Among those elements are the bills that inevitably mount in caring for animals.

If racing stops, prizemoney is not distributed; jockeys are left sidelined and owners are forced to provide for their horse's upkeep. If owners lose their jobs, the bills could be left to the trainers. Many hobby trainers, too, own large shares in the horses they train.

"I'm concerned about the financial ecosystem, that small owners, the impact of the pandemic means smart people will look at their discretionary spend and look at what they can afford and what they can't," Nichols says. "That could have an impact on owners and their ability to remunerate the trainers."

If racing stops, the sport's biggest income source – wagering – also dries up. More than $18 billion was wagered on Australian thoroughbred racing in the 2016-17 season, and revenue from wagering makes up about 85 per cent of the sport's income, while the industry generated $800 million in taxes in the same period, a sizeable portion of that in wagering taxes.

"This is not the most powerful argument but it's still one that needs to be taken to heed but we're still contributing our taxes and so forth and we're not draining the public purse when there are so many deserved people that warrant the [cash injections]," Nichols says.

Of course, most importantly in the forefront of state and national leaders' minds is the prevention of deaths caused by the coronavirus, and racing is doing all it can to prevent the virus from infecting its participants.

All principal racing authorities are "scenario-planning" to keep their sports alive and Racing Victoria is even weighing up options including region-based racing centres, such as Ballarat and Pakenham, to limit the perceived risk.

"I've seen most of the contingency plans and I'm extremely pleased they've developed them to the extent that they have," Nichols says.

"If we are fortunate to maintain racing then the calendar that is published by various states might not necessarily be the one we operate to in the future.

"Our task is not to jeopardise the community. It's to conform to regulations and at the same time enable people to go about their daily life and career in a very safe environment and still ensure the horse's welfare is still considered paramount.

"We need to take a very lateral view of the world and adapt how we see fit."

As Victorian Racing Minister Martin Pakula says: "How long, it remains to be seen. I think we enjoy it while we can."
Report RothmanMike March 26, 2020 8:03 PM GMT
Off to bed early tonight and up at 2am for 7 hours of Live Aussie racing.Happy
Watching it on ATR live, so not missing betting opportunities.
Report RothmanMike March 27, 2020 3:21 AM GMT
First 2 races ok.
Have an interest in 10 other races, so hopefully worth getting up early Happy
Report ProSniper March 27, 2020 3:56 AM GMT
"Stand by, Australian Racing will be back soon". Be great if that were the breaks over here. Instead we have to put up with "I've burnt me crumpets, Sand" etc..
Report RothmanMike March 27, 2020 4:10 AM GMT
They are miles ahead of us in almost every way.
Mark Zhara was suspected, but tested immediately and cleared, without any interruption to racing.
Would be good if we were that quick.
Report ProSniper March 27, 2020 4:28 AM GMT
Defo a more pleasurable experience watching and listening to them Cool I only wish I knew the tracks, trainers and jockeys better..
Report RothmanMike March 27, 2020 5:46 AM GMT
They call the result as they pass the post even if it's a dead-heat.
Tote returns up when they're 100 yards after the line.
And always a few comical remarks in commentary.
Different class to ours.
Report ProSniper March 27, 2020 6:01 AM GMT
The overall experience could of course be because it's not yet 'familiar' to us. A few month of studying/watching it relentlessly and we'd probably be rubbishing it as we do our own.

But from an organized POV, they do indeed appear to be setup in a different league.
Report terry mccann March 27, 2020 8:49 AM GMT
Plenty of racing in US tonight btw so why close ours down,why close anything down when there is 0000.5 % chance of dying from this,in fact more chance of being stuck by lightening,WE are going to lose everything for that chance, when will the penny finally drop??
Report Crawford March 27, 2020 1:43 PM GMT
A combo of Aussie gallops and Aussie harness racing and Aussie greyhound racing, a fine way to spend a morning of isolation after walking the hound for 30 mins.  Just wait until US racing from Tampa or wherever tonight.
Report RothmanMike March 27, 2020 7:18 PM GMT
13 meetings in Australia tomorrow, with only 1 meeting cancelled so far.
Long night for me, but well worth getting up early.
Report Wesdag March 27, 2020 7:24 PM GMT
No IN PLAY possible because of slow LV tho, correct?
Report RothmanMike March 27, 2020 7:47 PM GMT
Most meetings have in running , but it's not my game.
Don't know which is the faster, ATR or Betfair Live Video.
Report Wesdag March 27, 2020 7:59 PM GMT
ok cheers Mike
Report AaJay March 27, 2020 11:41 PM GMT
Rothman Mike-----"they are miles ahead of us in every way"
true--except bloodlines and history maybe,when I met my Australian wife in 1993 and went to Randwick,I was staggered by it all,then because I could go to the AJC Derby and Sydney Cup for sfa and add a fiver for a seat in the stand,subsequent trips have done nothing to alter that view,we in the UK have a betting system palpably unable to fund the sport,now everything in Oz is not perfect but the big thing is in my opinion the general public trust the TAB and the TAB responds---NY's day last year I was at Flemington and you could bet TAB sp---or take a slightly lower fixed price if you thought the odds would shorten,there was bookies out the back behind the stands but it seemed to me most were just going with the TAB.
Greyhounds put's it in perspective the prize money at Metropolitan tracks--The Meadows Melbourne--I guess the biggest---well race one the prize money for the winner will be about the same as an average bumper winner gets over here.
I chat each Friday with a friend who has a leg in a useful 3yo in Melbourne about what I fancy over here--visa versa---I once mentioned bookies over here "not taking bets" and it was like I was talking a language he didn't understand......Xmas-New Year a few years ago NFL play offs---results made me feel like a cover bet --I wandered in a TAB---placed a $1000 dollar bet fixed on a 6-1 shot---the guy threw the money in the till and gave me my ticket without a glance.
Report RothmanMike March 28, 2020 2:14 AM GMT
Marquand wins R2 Rosehill @ 7.62
Report RothmanMike March 28, 2020 4:18 AM GMT
Followed by win in R5 @ 12.30.
On good horses, but riding strong.
Report AaJay March 28, 2020 5:25 AM GMT
A lovely boost for Haggas and Addeybb with very elegant sluicing in,in the Tancred,big day 11th April at Randwick if racing continues,Addeybb QE11 and Young Rascal Sydney Cup going to be strong favourites,though softish ground really wanted for Addeybb.
Report AaJay March 28, 2020 5:25 AM GMT
A lovely boost for Haggas and Addeybb with very elegant sluicing in,in the Tancred,big day 11th April at Randwick if racing continues,Addeybb QE11 and Young Rascal Sydney Cup going to be strong favourites,though softish ground really wanted for Addeybb.
Report RothmanMike March 30, 2020 3:47 AM BST
Alls well Down Under.
Racing as usual Plain
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