Racing Queensland's designated race regions model will commence next week.
Every Queensland greyhound trainer has now been allocated a region to which greyhounds in their care may be nominated to race.
The greyhound regions are:
- South East Queensland (Albion Park, Ipswich and Capalaba);
- Wide Bay (Bundaberg);
- Central Queensland (Rockhampton); and
- North Queensland.
Trainers will be advised of their allocated region by email and text message.
Regional racing will apply at all Queensland greyhound meetings from Monday, March 30, 2020 until further notice.
During this time, any nominations received outside of a trainer’s allocated region will not be accepted.
RQ has adopted a regional racing model as the latest biosecurity measure to protect the Queensland racing industry as part of a multi-staged approach to minimising the health and safety conditions for all participants during this period,
Click here to see the Queensland regions map.
On-course arrangements and participant obligations
Key information on participant obligations at all Queensland greyhound meetings is as follows:
- Attendance at any race meeting, as previously advised, is patron-free and restricted to trainers and essential attendants or support directly required to enable a greyhound to race at the said meeting;
- Effective from Monday, March 30, procedures around the recording of on-course attendees will change and all participants will be required to assist with any processes in place to ensure complete recording of all attendees;
- All on-course attendees should ensure the strongest possible adherence to social distancing during pre-kennelling, kennel areas, race parades and in the designated on-course areas between racing engagements;
- The directions of stewards and race club officials with regard to social distancing and hygiene standards must be adhered to at all occasions;
- No catering is provided at any race meetings. Participants are able to bring their own personal food and beverages (minimal levels) but this must not include any form of alcohol;
- The on-course environment, in these difficult times, should be viewed a restricted work-place and the continuation of racing is significantly reliant on the ongoing support of participants with regard to emphatic adherence to social distancing obligations at every opportunity.
Presently, access to racing facilities should be restricted to essential licensed personnel – click here to see who is permitted on-course – which includes approved RQ accredited media.
Effective immediately, RQ is further limiting media access to its race meetings, training centres and any other licenced facility to the following:
- Accredited broadcast service providers (SKY Racing, PSP, On the Bit) including race callers who are engaged in the meeting;
- The official on-course photographer (maximum one per race club). Clubs may permit – on approval from RQ – one additional alternate photographer from a reputable media organisation such as NewsCorp, AAP.
- A maximum of one TV news station to capture overlay – interviews are strictly prohibited – for a maximum of 30 minutes per meeting.
All accredited journalists – irrespective of their medium – are not permitted on-course (excluding those listed above) and should not be permitted on-course to conduct interviews.
2020 TAB Queensland Winter Greyhound Racing Carnival
As part of the move to regionalised racing, RQ has also advised that up-coming carnivals for all codes have been cancelled.
In coming days, further information will be released around the details of replacement events and a re-direction of carnival prize money to more essential industry requirements.
Finish On Lure
RQ and QRIC advise that the finish on lure will not be used at race meetings at Albion Park whilst COVID-19 on course restrictions remain in place.
All Queensland race clubs, however, are permitted to use the finish on lure during trial sessions for solo trials only.
RQ advise that appearance fees will no longer be paid on track, effective from March 30, so as to further reduce any need for face to face interaction and cash handling.
RQ will now pay the appearance fees via electronic transfer directly to participants in the weekly prize money run which is processed every Wednesday.
Click here for further information on RQ’s revised payment procedures.
RQ advises that kennelling times will be extended to one hour in length at all race meetings to provide extra time for staff and participants to ensure compliance with social distancing protocols during the kennelling process.
One hour kennelling times will take effect at all race meetings starting on Thursday 2 April 2020.
Kennels will now open 1 hour and 45 minutes before the first race and close one hour later for all race meetings except Capalaba.
For Capalaba meetings, the kennels will open 2 hours before the first race and close one hour later.
Capalaba Transport Vehicle
The Capalaba Club transport vehicle that returns trainers from the starting boxes to the kennels after each race has been discontinued due to social distancing obligations.
As a result, trainers will now be required to return to the kennelling area on their own volition.
To accommodate this change, RQ has introduced increased timing between racing.