It is with disappointment and necessity that the Bendigo Greyhound Racing Association advises trainers and owners that all feature races scheduled for the annual Gold Rush Carnival at Bendigo over the Easter period have been postponed.
The decision has been made jointly by the Club and GRV as various revised racing models are discussed to allow greyhound racing to continue in some form in the immediate future.
Intense travel restrictions being implemented regularly by Government and further restrictions being anticipated in this constantly changing landscape that potentially impact the accessibility of tracks and feature races for trainers.
“Given the circumstances, some trainers who are currently allowed to nominate for these races are likely to be excluded from them moving forward – a situation that is unacceptable and therefore has led to the postponement of these feature races. It is unlikely that the meetings will go ahead under the current schedule and there is the potential for changes to be made during a series so there is no other option at this point in time except to postpone,” said BGRA Manager Troy Harley.
“Whether these races can be reprogrammed once the racing calendar returns to normal later in the year will be determined at a later date but for now the features have been put on hold and we wait to see what schedule we will have during the current crisis. The timing is not ideal given the Gold Rush Maiden heats commence this week and trainers have been preparing their dogs to compete in a few days, however the circumstances in which we can operate during COVID-19 regulations change on a daily basis and they changed again today”.
The Gold Rush Carnival was first conducted at Bendigo in 2005 and has continued to grow in popularity both on and off the track however, like many sporting and social events around the world, will not be held in 2020 due to COVID-19.