The Queensland winter racing carnival has been scrapped because the state strikes to racing in 5 separate areas.

The winter carnivals in all three codes, thoroughbreds, harness and greyhounds, have been deserted for the primary time in a century.

The carnivals will probably be changed with normal metropolitan race programming with chosen function races.

“Given the circumstances, it’s the proper resolution to desert our carnivals,” RQ chief govt Brendan Parnell stated.

“Our carnivals are used because the store entrance to showcase our codes and to draw patrons, and on this present surroundings, it isn’t accountable.”

It’s the newest step taken by particular person racing our bodies throughout Australia as authorities try to stability restrictions imposed by federal and state authorities’s to counter coronavirus

Racing has continued in Queensland with strict biosecurity together with no public attendance.

Race golf equipment had been going through tens of millions of {dollars} in losses if the carnival went forward with out crowds.

RQ has additionally introduced racing will probably be in 5 areas and embrace eight zones from Tuesday to assist stem the unfold of COVID-19.

The thoroughbred areas are:

* Metro North (Brisbane and Sunshine Coast);

* Metro South West (Gold Coast, Ipswich and Toowoomba);

* Darling Downs and SEQ Coast;

* Central West and Central; and

* North West and North.

“With a raft of biosecurity measures already in place, together with patron-free racing and a compulsory 14-day self-isolation interval for licensed contributors, RQ will introduce measures from Sunday that may present 5 key thoroughbred areas and 4 key greyhound areas as a part of a multi-staged method to well being and security,” the assertion stated.

As a part of the choice, thoroughbred racing will probably be consolidated to 15 racetracks and jockeys will probably be permitted to trip in one of many 5 designated areas.

Trainers and steady workers will probably be additional restricted to one in all eight zones inside these areas.

Throughout this era, horses won’t be permitted to be transferred between zones for the aim of racing.

Any horse presently domiciled interstate and never in Queensland by 11.59pm on Sunday won’t be allotted a area and won’t be able to race till additional discover.

Horses will probably be permitted to be transferred throughout areas for non-racing functions corresponding to agistment or re-homing.

“The well being and security of our contributors, who’re presently confronting a problem like no different is our paramount concern,” Parnell stated.

“We should do all the pieces inside our powers to offer for the 40,000 Queenslanders who take part throughout the state.

“By introducing a regional racing mannequin, we’re in a position to additional help the Queensland authorities’s course to remain native, scale back non-essential journey and to restrict the unfold of this insidious virus.

“On this occasion, the sheer dimension of Queensland is advantageous. The state is nearly eight instances bigger than Victoria and twice the scale of NSW and this presents racing a novel problem and alternative.

“Whereas none of us know what’s on the horizon, we are able to scale back the chance, restrict the unfold and collectively work collectively for the larger good.”

So as to implement the regional racing mannequin, RQ will probably be compelled to desert Sunday’s programmed thoroughbred conferences.

Thoroughbred racing will recommence at Mackay on Tuesday and will probably be restricted to Central space contributors.