Trainers scrambling to secure jockeys for the Stradbroke
Trainers are scrambling to secure jockeys for the Stradbroke Handicap (Gr 1, 1400m) because of coronavirus restrictions on travel. The weights for the Stradbroke were released on Monday, with only five horses allotted a weight of more than 54 kilograms, the usual minimum in Queensland. The minimum for the Stradbroke, however, is 49.5 kilograms, meaning the vast majority of the runners will be competing off weights from 51 kilograms to 53 kilograms.
Due to restrictions, it is likely that only jockeys based in southern Queensland will be able to ride in the Stradbroke. The issue is that there are only a limited number of jockeys and apprentices who can ride under 54 kilograms. A Racing Queensland spokesman says the current State Border Directions mean that a person who arrives in Queensland from another state or territory of Australia will not be allowed to enter Queensland, unless they receive a special exemption. If successful, they would need to undertake a mandatory 14-day self-isolation period.