25th March – SA Racing continuing ‘with caution’

Racing is continuing “with caution” in South Australia, as the industry adopts a raft of measures and protocols to ensure all participants remain safe from COVID-19.

Thoroughbred Racing South Australia (TRSA) and all its employees and industry parties and participants continue to heed the latest up-to-date government advice and direction.

Importantly, TRSA has also implemented a list of industry-specific measures and procedures, on top of the mandatory temperature checks for all persons before they enter SA tracks on race days and for tomorrow’s trials at Strathalbyn.

This includes a new condition prohibiting the use of both strappers’ bibs and horse earmuffs, further eliminating the threat of human contact and contamination through these items.

On top of the mandatory social-distancing policies that apply across the wider community (being vigilantly monitored and maintained within the racing cohort), TRSA has employed extra protocols for race days:
– As a TRSA prerequisite, stewards require the name of all stable employees who will be attending each meeting. All trainers and stable employees will be required to provide their current TRSA ID card to gain entry to any course (associate cards are not permitted).

– Each trainer is able to nominate one – and only one – licensed stable employee per horse to attend the meeting. These nominated stable employees must actively be engaged in walking that horse into and around the mounting yard and in the race-day stalls area.

– Only trainers or licensed foremen are permitted in the area of the mounting yard where pre-race and post-race discussions take place with riders.

– Stable employees who have finished their duties and are required to stay on course must remain in the race-day stalls area.

Failure to comply with any of the above directions will result in immediate removal from the course and may result in action being taken against both the trainer and/or stable employee.

TRSA makes no apologies for its hard-line approach, but thanks all for their compliance and understanding as it continues to put protocols in place to enable racing to continue in South Australia.

TRSA has taken further precautions by postponing its apprentice academy classroom session and scaling back its office to essential staff only, with the bulk of staff working remotely.

TRSA is tasked with protecting the estimated 800 small businesses and over 3600 people employed in SA directly as a result of thoroughbred racing in our state.

24th March 2020 – The Races SA – Nick Redin

Dear Owners,

I write to seek your co-operation with the restrictions we have put in place to ensure the racing industry meets the Federal Government’s ban on mass gatherings over 500 people and other restrictions Thoroughbred Racing SA, in consultation with industry stakeholders, has implemented.

All thoroughbred activities have been restricted to essential racing personnel only. These activities are defined as:

  • Race Meetings
  • Training
  • All forms of trials
  • All forms of jump outs
  • Trainers Stables
  • Spelling Properties

A definition of Essential Racing Personnel can be found on our media release.

We have implemented these measures to try to protect our environment and the 3,600 jobs in the industry as best as possible and to minimise the chance of a case of COVID-19 affecting racing.

It is also to protect jockeys, apprentices and track work riders. We simply cannot afford for them to contract COVID-19. Should a rider get it, and we cannot contain it, it would affect our ability to keep going.

This effectively means that, unless you are filling an essential position at any of the above events, you simply cannot be there.

I appreciate we are asking a lot of you in that you cannot see your horses live or visit them in their stables, and yet we are asking you to keep up your involvement in the Industry. However, your support at this time is critical.

TRSA is doing all we can so we can continue to race during this period, keep the industry going and pay the prizemoney out. All racing vision is available on the TRSA website www.theracessa.com.au.  This now includes club jump outs.

I thank you in advance for working with us to adhere to the restrictions TRSA has put in place.

Good luck in racing.  I hope to see you at the track when COVID-19 has passed and racing can return to normal.

Yours sincerely,

Nick Redin – Chief Executive Officer

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia – COVID-19

Dear Breeder,

As we are all well aware, these are challenging times as the country deals with the spread of the coronavirus and the impacts of the measures governments have put in place to limit infections.

While many farms have already put in place measures to mitigate the spread of the virus, a number of breeders have reached out to Thoroughbred Breeders Australia for information on how to protect their staff.

Below is a summary of the recommendations for business owners and individuals released by the World Health Organisation.

Localised updates can be found on the Federal Government’s Health Department’s website. Click here to see more.

We hope you all stay healthy,

Tom Reilly
Chief Executive Officer