SA Government Green Lights Return To Racing

SOUTH Australian racing will continue during the state’s seven-day lockdown in a stunning about-face from the SA Government on Wednesday.

Adam Dobbin

21 July 2021

SOUTH Australian racing will continue during the state’s seven-day lockdown in a stunning about-face from the SA Government.

On late Tuesday it was announced that all three codes would cease racing during the week-long lockdown following a health directive from the SA Government.

But on Wednesday morning there was a ray of positivity for racing participants with news that the government had reconsidered its position and allowed racing to continue under the strictest of biosecurity measures.

SA RACING COMES TO A STANDSTILL

“Greyhound racing will continue in South Australia under heavy restrictions, during the 7-day lockdown announced by the SA Government, which commenced at 6pm yesterday,” GRSA said on Wednesday.

“This decision comes after robust discussions with the Government late into last night, which has allowed the continuation to all three codes of racing.

“Unfortunately, given the late notice of the decision, today’s race meeting at Murray Bridge will not go ahead, along with the trial session scheduled for Gawler tonight.

“In recognition of the inconvenience to participants of this cancellation, trainers will be paid the standard $50 trainers fee, plus $20 for each greyhound engaged.”

While Wednesday’s meeting has been abandoned, racing resume on Thursday.

Both race meetings scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday 22nd July) at Murray Bridge and Mt Gambier will continue as planned,” the statement read.

“The trial session at Gawler commencing tomorrow at 7am will also proceed as planned.

“Heavy restrictions are in place to ensure greyhound racing can continue safely throughout this period, similar to what was in place during April of last year.

 “As always, we urge our industry to continue to do the right thing by your family and industry – if you feel unwell or have a temperature please do not come to the track and contact a doctor immediately. Visit SA Health to stay across any updates.

GRSA are taking all measures to ensure the safe continuation of racing – the health and wellbeing of our participants, greyhounds and staff is our number one priority.”