Racefield limit in Tasmania set to 10

Saturday 28 March 2020

All Tasmanian equine racing from today (28 March) will have a maximum field size of 10.

Tasracing CEO Paul Eriksson said the decision complied with the Tasmanian Government’s directives regarding managing the spread of the Covid-19 crisis.

“Trainers impacted by this for today’s meeting at Launceston and tomorrow’s harness meeting at Launceston will be contacted by the Office of Racing Integrity as soon as possible,” he said.

“There is no impact to thoroughbred racing at Elwick tomorrow as all field sizes for that meeting had been set to 10 previously.”

Mr Eriksson said Tasracing would continue to comply with all government directives in relation to the running of racing during the Covid-19 crisis, which included physical distancing of 1.5 metres and four square metres space.

“Racing has already been closed to all but the bare minimum number of people required for racing to continue,” he said.

“Racing employs more than 5,000 Tasmanians and contributes more than $100m to our economy.

“It is our intention to continue to race safely and within the law while we can.”