V’landys says racing can continue even if lockdown gets tighter

V’landys says racing can continue even if lockdown gets tighter

By Chris Roots

Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys believes racing can continue even if the state escalates coronavirus lockdown restrictions in coming weeks.

The biggest meetings of the autumn carnival, The Championships, which will be run at Randwick over the first two Saturdays of April, copped a $10 million cut in prizemoney on Sunday as racing felt the pressure of falling betting turnover.

But V’landys said the industry needed to continue for its more than 50,000 participants and the revenue from wagering that it supplies to the stressed state budget.

“We have shown with our world-best biosecurity measures that we can continue to operate during this crisis,” V’landys said. “We are lobbying the state government that we could continue to do exactly what we are doing now during any lockdown situation.