Geelong hopeful for crowds
Geelong Racing Club chief executive Daniel Salter has not given up hope that a small crowd could be on course for its feature race next month despite the Victorian government’s announcement around Covid-19 restrictions yesterday. Premier Daniel Andrews said Geelong could be included in the metropolitan Melbourne Stage 4 restrictions if the situation worsens in the coastal region. The Geelong Cup (Gr 3, 2400m) is scheduled for October 21.
“That seems to be the case, the light at the end of the tunnel is fading fast but we’re still optimistic we might get a small number of people here on cup day,” Salter told Racing.com. “We’ll continue to work with the industry and the government and do whatever we can. It’s going to be one of those years for all clubs; not being able to have crowds on your feature days is frustrating but we’re in a much better position than a lot of people. The racing industry has done a terrific job and it’s been great to be able to keep racing, but the spring and early summer isn’t looking very encouraging at the moment.”