Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 10.30am

Following the announcement yesterday afternoon by Racing Queensland that patron-free racing will be conducted throughout the state of Qld indefinitely, the Gold Coast Turf Club wishes to provide an update for all its immediate stakeholders regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Club supports the position taken by RQ and will immediately prevent any nonessential personnel from attending track work, jumpouts, trials and race meetings. The Club will attempt to video jumpouts for owners where possible and trial footage, will as per usual be made available for owners via the RQ website.

Only essential GCTC staff, licensed and accredited racing participants will be permitted to attend on race days at Gold Coast and Beaudesert venues.  Owners and Members along with general admission patrons will not be allowed entry.  Race meetings will continue to be fully broadcast across SKY Racing and its digital platforms.

For those participants permitted to our racecourses, the Club will implement social distancing measures to mitigate the personal contact of individuals on race days. Which will include but not be limited to utilising extra rooms across each racecourse, extra cleaning and hygiene protocols and monitoring points of interaction.

As for Non Raceday events the Club will review on a case by case basis whether to conduct events under 500 people; this will be subject to further advice from the Government should our clients wish to maintain current bookings. No new bookings will be available during this period. Strict measures will be in place if the current bookings proceed. Alternatively, credit and refund options will be made available.

The Club’s top priority is to implement measures that protect the safety and wellbeing of our staff, supportive stakeholders and industry participants. Thank you for your understanding, stay safe and we will provide further updates when possible.

Yours faithfully,

Steve Lines

Chief Executive Officer

RQ advises patron-free racing


March 16, 2020


Racing Queensland has advised that all TAB and non-TAB meeting across the state will be conducted without patrons until further notice.

Following the Federal Government’s advice that all non-essential, organised gatherings of more than 500 people be cancelled to manage the spread of COVID-19, RQ has confirmed that all future meetings – along with trials and trackwork  – will be limited to key race-day personnel.

Access will be permitted to licenced participants who have a horse or greyhound engaged at the meeting, along with essential club, QRIC and RQ staff; broadcast services; approved accredited media; and associated staff required to conduct racing activities including veterinarians and ambulance services.

Access will not be permitted to the general public in any code, nor owners or on-course wagering providers.

“We are experiencing a unique and complex situation which requires Racing Queensland to adopt a uniform approach,” RQ CEO Brendan Parnell said.

“The health and safety of our 40,000 participants, including those who are employed in the industry, remains our top-priority and we will continue to work with our clubs, QRIC and participants to navigate this period.

“We are mindful of the carnivals we have on the horizon – and the impact that this decision may have on our clubs – but it is important that we restrict on-course access in the short-term to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 and the potential impact to our industry.”

Additionally, access will not be permitted to any key race-day personnel in Queensland that:

  • Is suffering from COVID-19 symptoms or is otherwise unwell;
  • Has been to a country considered at higher risk of COVID-19 in the past 14 days;
  • Is subject to self-isolation requirements imposed by the Government; or
  • Has been in close contact with a person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.

For more information:

Richard Goodbody – 0438 733 738


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