Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Temporarily Suspended

Aaron Hamilton Aaron Hamilton in News 25 Mar 2020

Wednesday’s thoroughbred meeting at Sandown has been called off following Race 2 with the news that a participant has been in contact with someone who has tested positive to COVID-19.

Racing Victoria released the following statement:

Racing Victoria (RV) wishes to advise that racing has been suspended within Victoria today, with immediate effect, and tomorrow whilst a licensed participant undergoes testing for COVID-19.

The participant has this afternoon been advised by health authorities that they were on the same flight as a confirmed case of COVID-19 when they travelled on 12 March 2020 prior to the introduction of strict COVID-19 protocols governing the conduct of racing in Victoria and the Federal Government’s announcements of 13 March 2020 restricting social gatherings.

The participant is not currently displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.

Acting upon medical advice and in an abundance of caution, RV has abandoned the following race meetings whilst the testing is conducted:

Today – Sandown [after Race 2]
Tomorrow – Kilmore and Pakenham

Those people who have had close contact with the licensed participant are being contacted throughout this afternoon.

In the event that the participant’s test is negative, RV will be seeking to resume racing. A further update will be provided tomorrow on the progress of the test and whether racing can resume on Friday.