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RQ to revise designated racing regions

Racing Queensland has announced it will make further revisions to its designated racing regions from next Monday.

With the approval of Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young, RQ will consolidate its thoroughbred and greyhound regions, whilst harness racing will continue to be held at three clubs.

Having previously consolidated Metro North and Metro South West to form the existing ‘Metropolitan Region’ for the thoroughbred code, RQ will now amalgamate it with South East Regional to form a new ‘Greater SEQ Region.’

At the same time, the present Central Coast and North Coast regions will also be consolidated into the ‘Central and North Coast Region’, while the Greater Western Region will remain untouched.

The existing protocols limiting participants to their designated location outside of raceday, including trials, trackwork and jump outs, remain in place, whilst horse movement outside of RQ’s regions may only occur as previously advised with some minor revisions to arrival times.

Additional raceday protocols will be implemented to accommodate the changes including:

  • Allocation of raceday stalls which group horses from former regions to minimise interaction between participants and to observe required social distancing protocols; and
  • Allocation of jockey areas to group participants from former regions into distinct on-course sections.

In the greyhound code, RQ will create a new ‘South Queensland Region’ by consolidating South East Queensland and Wide Bay.

The Central Queensland and North Queensland regions will remain untouched.

RQ COO Adam Wallish said RQ’s multi-staged approach to its biosecurity protocols continued to be guided by the latest Government and health advice.

“Over recent weeks, we have been able to make small but significant steps to our designated racing regions,” Mr Wallish said.

“With the Queensland Government recently announcing its staged approach to easing restrictions, RQ has endeavoured to align our timelines with those of the Government.

“A further review is expected to take place ahead of Queensland successfully advancing to Stage 2 of the Government’s roadmap.”

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