Return to racing planning

Friday 17 April 2020


Today the Minister for Racing The Hon. Jane Howlett MLC, Tasracing CEO Paul Eriksson and representatives from the three racing codes met in Hobart to review a plan for a return to racing.

Chaired by the Minister, the meetings were very productive, with discussions on a range of initiatives including regionalisation and wide-ranging race day health protocols.

The plan sets out timeframes for a phased return to racing, allowing the quickest possible restart once a decision from the government on a return date is announced.

The goal of the plan is to demonstrate to government and its health advisors that racing in Tasmania can be re-started safely for racing participants and the wider community.

Additional industry consultation will be conducted early next week, with a final plan set to be presented to the government thereafter.

Ongoing weekly meetings will be held between the Minister, Tasracing and Industry to monitor progress on this plan.


Tasracing has today completed the first C-19 Welfare Payments to industry participants covering the period 1 – 14 April.

Payments have been made to 40 Thoroughbred Trainers, 71 Harness Trainers and 55 Greyhound Trainers.

The payments were in consideration of 275 thoroughbred horses, 242 Harness horses and 522 greyhounds that are in work.

Please note due to a system error the first payment advices were missing detail of horses paid. Updated payment statements will be distributed early next week.

There are still a number of trainers yet to submit their application forms via the Tasracing corporate website.

Tasracing reminds trainers to use the application form HERE.

Tasracing also reminds all trainers, including those who have already submitted their application forms, to use the UPDATE FORM to report any changes to their racing animals eg animals moving in or out of work, or changing trainers.

The next payment period is for 15 to 21 April and payments will be made next Friday 24 April.