Toby Edmonds now can’t run horses in Brisbane but fully supports new measures
The Edmonds’ father and son team have trained 33 Brisbane winners this season but can’t race their horses in Brisbane now due to new coronavirus protocols which has seen Queensland racing regions segregated.
But they have no qualms about Racing Queensland’s move and are fully supportive of it.
“We welcome anything that keeps racing going and we understand this is a global pandemic that is killing people – whatever has got to be done has got to be done,” Toby Edmonds said.
“We have just got to get through and hopefully we can come out of the other side pretty good.
“We are in one of the designated (metro) corridors and both corridors will have a hybrid lot of prizemoney where they will have some Saturday prizemoney, some provincial prizemoney and some midweek prizemoney.
“I can also send my horses to the northern rivers (NSW), I can send them to Sydney as well but I can’t personally go (to NSW).
“No staff or strapper would go with them interstate and the horse would then go into the care of another trainer or one of our mates, probably a bit similar to what we would do normally.”
Edmonds says he currently has no plans to lay off any staff but that may change if racing shuts down entirely.
“I think if racing stopped we would have to cull staff but if racing keeps going that shouldn’t be the case, we have got 90 horses in work all the time and we will continue to work that number,” Edmonds said.