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NSW Border Closed to Victorian Racehorses

Thursday, 9th July 2020

As a result of the border closure – the first in over 100 years – between NSW and Victoria due to the latter’s latest COVID-19 outbreak, punters.com.au reports that, with immediate effect, Racing NSW has moved to “…ban any Victorian horses from being transferred to stables or race north of the Murray River.” In addition, while NSW horses are still able to travel across the border in the opposite direction, they will be stranded in Victoria indefinitely. The report doesn’t make any specific mention of broodmares, weanlings or yearlings. If any licensed person crosses into NSW via a permit or as a returning NSW resident, he or she will need to go into mandatory 14-day quarantine before attending a racecourse. Making life even more challenging for the Victorian thoroughbred industry, Racing Victoria has stipulated that, “Owners that reside within restricted areas will not be permitted to attend a racetrack in Victoria until otherwise advised, and no owners will be allowed at meetings that are conducted within the locked down area which factors in 11 racecourses.” Meanwhile, “Owners outside of the lockdown area are permitted to attend race meetings that are not in the lockdown area - with Racing Victoria giving their blessing to respective clubs to facilitate that per regulations”… That could, of course, change if restricted areas within the state are widened.

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