Racing will continue in Victoria without crowds or owners

Racing will continue in Victoria without crowds or owners

Racing will continue in Victoria during the state’s latest lockdown but without crowds or owners.

It was announced that Victoria will be locked down for 7 days as of midnight on Thursday, with tough social lockdown measures in place.

Racing.com has been told that racing can continue, like some other major sports, but without crowds.

It will mean Caulfield on Saturday will be limited to key participants only.

Racing Victoria is yet to announce what other measures for participants might be enforced.

The sport managed to continue during harsh lockdowns in 2020 thanks to tough bio-security measures and proper management.

Racing recorded significant growth in engagement and wagering turnover during 2020 as the pandemic locked much of Victoria down.

Acting Premier James Merlino said today’s measures are needed as scores of Victorians need to test or isolate.

“From first thing this morning we’ve identified in excess of 10,000 primary and secondary contacts who will need to either quarantine or test and isolate,” he said.

“That number will continue to grow and change. Our public health experts’ primary concern is just how fast this variant is moving.

“We’ve seen overseas, how difficult that movement can be to control here.”