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    Posted: 13 Mar 2020 at 12:56pm
Will the race clubs run meetings in front of empty stands? Will horses need stopped from travelling interstate for racing? Sounds like the old EI days coming back where horses will only be racing on their home tracks. Numbers for online auctions are rising dramatically as people cash out.

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RV to monitor Coronavirus situation

Racing Victoria will continue to monitor the state's Coronavirus situation after the World Health Organisation officially declared it a pandemic on Thursday.

But there are currently no plans to abandon race meetings or hold them behind closed doors.

Racing.com understands RV is keeping in close contact with the state government and is working towards a contingency plan if one needs to be rolled out.

Caulfield will host its All-Star Mile race day on Saturday with thousands of people expected to attend, while there is Group 1 racing at The Valley the following Friday (March 20) and the Mornington Cup on March 21.

The Warrnambool May Racing Carnival in early May is also highly attended over the three days.

"We are keeping abreast of the changes and the current advice that is coming from Federal and State Governments and health authorities. They're the key driver of this, they're the key people with all the relevant information and we'll respond to that," RV chief executive Giles Thompson told RSN927.

"At the moment, the advice is that it is OK for mass gatherings such as the ones we'll have this weekend and we're going ahead fully expecting them to be well attended. If that advice changes, then we will change how we race.

"My view at this point, and what we're planning for, is that if it gets to the point where mass gatherings are not allowed then we will continue to race behind closed doors without audiences.

"We believe that we can, we believe that the participants want to and they need the opportunities, and we believe as well that, through our media channels, we'll get a strong audience for that."

Thompson admitted there would be challenges if racing continued through a Coronavirus outbreak in Victoria.

"The real challenge at that point will be can we get the staff to work at those events and can the participants attend and that is something that we'll have to try and work around if it gets to that point," he said.

"I think we're a fair way from that point. I note the AFL is saying they won't go behind closed doors until Round 5, which is about four or five weeks away.

"We'll continue to race as long as we can and that's what the contingency is that we're working towards."

http://www.racing.com/news/2020-03-12/news-rv-to-monitor-coronavirus-situation

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Australia's Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy has told Premiers, Chief Ministers and the Prime Minister that mass gatherings of more than 500 people should be cancelled
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Tomorrow’s All Star Mile and tonight’s meeting likely to be closed to crowds following government advice. Waiting for confirmation from Racing Victoria. Life
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Outside of feature meetings, racing has been playing to minuscule attendances for the the past ten years.
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Only "essential staff, horsemen, owners, limited friends and family and media" will be allowed to attend. 
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Allan Endresz re possible scratching Alligator Blood from All-Star Mile due to coronavirus lockout and how terminally ill wife Joy now can't attend: "What I have got is a wife with terminal cancer who will die. My position is now that I want to scratch the horse."
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Might stop shining my shoes for a minute then .... always on the cards didn't think they'd be this flighty though Ermm

Lets hope it's over by the Spring ..... not the virus .... Wink
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Originally posted by Xavier Xavier wrote:

Allan Endresz re possible scratching Alligator Blood from All-Star Mile due to coronavirus lockout and how terminally ill wife Joy now can't attend: "What I have got is a wife with terminal cancer who will die. My position is now that I want to scratch the horse."

What a lollipop? Amazing how owners of good horses start telling everyone how to run racing. Hope he scratches
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Not a good prognosis for all sporting events.
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Originally posted by maccamax maccamax wrote:

Not a good prognosis for all sporting events.

Really how important is sport when the country is facing a recession and lives of vulnerable elderly people are at risk ?
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Originally posted by maccamax maccamax wrote:

Not a good prognosis for all sporting events.

Really how important is sport when the country is facing a recession and lives of vulnerable elderly people are at risk ?
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It isn't sport Bob, it's an industry which is a huge employer both directly and in secondary employment terms and thus a significant contributor to the economy.Just like AFL and NRL etc.

So any serious curtailment to these industries isn't a good thing for the individuals affected let alone the Australian economy at large. 
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Exactly. It's like if the tourism industry hits the wall, you're not sad that people aren't taking holidays, but that thousands will no longer have work from the lost tourist $.
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Valley racing still on tonight last time l looked but MRC sent text to members no go tomorrow. 

Not really worth going tonight though in case there's a last minute change and you get turned away at the gate bit of a gloomy night weather-wise anyway ...

.....it's all becoming very interesting well intriguing looks like a move must be made soon instead of the same old ... let's see who's got the footwork  Smile Wink
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Originally posted by Go Flash Go Go Flash Go wrote:

Valley racing still on tonight last time l looked but MRC sent text to members no go tomorrow. 

Not really worth going tonight though in case there's a last minute change and you get turned away at the gate bit of a gloomy night weather-wise anyway ...

.....it's all becoming very interesting well intriguing looks like a move must be made soon instead of the same old ... let's see who's got the footwork  Smile Wink

Going ahead tonight, but closed to the public.
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Both meetings are on, just no spectators or owners allowed in.
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It’s ridiculous. I face more risk every day and night on my trip to/from the cbd on crowded public transport.
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Originally posted by Cityboy Cityboy wrote:

It’s ridiculous. I face more risk every day and night on my trip to/from the cbd on crowded public transport.

People have to get to work, they don't have to congregate for recreation.
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Thanks Valleys website said was on probably updated recently haven't check as per ...

p.s. haven't seen this much fun since the EI outbreak when noticed old George (Hanlon) being interviewed outside .. he having somehow slipped out of .... the quarantine area -- he had the fancy footwork, well he did use to be a boxer of sorts (carnival) Smile
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Rest of Vic meetings to proceed as per normal this weekend
With the exclusion of Geelong which will follow Caulfield and MV and be closed to guests
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EI outbreak.  That was the end of life as we know it.  But it wasnt.
Things went ass up for awhile, and some lost money, and some horses were never the same again.
But the world didnt end. Life went on.
And it will again.

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Well, I can can tell you this much for nothing, if you were at Flemington last week (Newmarket/Aus Cup), you ought to pop in and get yourself tested - symptoms or otherwise.

I've been virtually nowhere since Christmas, but I was there & now I'm crook. I'll be heading to the doc for a test and if I haven't got it, I'll go hee.
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Originally posted by Second Chance Second Chance wrote:

It isn't sport Bob, it's an industry which is a huge employer both directly and in secondary employment terms and thus a significant contributor to the economy.Just like AFL and NRL etc.

So any serious curtailment to these industries isn't a good thing for the individuals affected let alone the Australian economy at large. 

Think of it like a really bad typhoon or like the floods in Brisbane a few years ago.  It will affect everyone and mess things up for a good bit of time.  The goal is to try to keep it from killing too many people (self-isolate vs. evacuate for flooding) and to mitigate the damage where possible.  AFL and NRL can and have canceled games without a second thought when a cyclone or floods are coming -- stopping the spread of deadly contagion doesn't have the flashy satellite images of Yasi but the effect on industry is the same.

Racing/sport in general is no better or worse prepared than any other industry in this regard.
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Originally posted by Red Hare Red Hare wrote:

Well, I can can tell you this much for nothing, if you were at Flemington last week (Newmarket/Aus Cup), you ought to pop in and get yourself tested - symptoms or otherwise.

I've been virtually nowhere since Christmas, but I was there & now I'm crook. I'll be heading to the doc for a test and if I haven't got it, I'll go hee.


I flew over from Adelaide & was at Flemington for Australia Cup/Newmarket last week. Spent lots of the day in the public stand opposite the winning post - no symptoms here.
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It's called the flu.....get over it!

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Originally posted by Bonjour Bonjour wrote:

It's called the flu.....get over it!

That is why Governments and financial markets are reacting like they are. Its just the flue?
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But why is the Casino still allowed to open?
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Here’s some pretty simple advice
If you feel sick stay at home
Common sense really
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LOL

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