Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) is pleased to advise that all scheduled races from yesterday’s postponed meeting at Pinjarra Park, as well as four of the remaining races postponed from Ascot’s Wednesday meeting, have been rescheduled to a new meeting at Pinjarra Park on Monday, March 30.
The Monday race meeting will be run as a 12 race programme and RWWA would like to thank the Pinjarra Race Club for their assistance in facilitating this additional meeting.
Due to a number of wagering operators’ systems being unable to load a 13 race card, the fifth race from the Ascot meeting has been abandoned. However, racing opportunities for this class of horse will be available at next Wednesday’s Ascot meeting.
The Pinjarra Park meeting will have full SKY1 coverage, with races one to seven also simulcast on SKY Thoroughbred Central alongside the NSW race meeting.
Following race three at Ascot on Wednesday, all Western Australian thoroughbred race meetings were suspended, whilst a Victorian licensed participant underwent testing for COVID-19. RWWA made the decision to suspend racing as a precautionary measure, whilst any potential implications were investigated for Western Australian personnel who may have subsequently come into direct contact with the impacted participant. It was confirmed yesterday that the participant had tested negative for COVID-19.
The segregation of jockeys will also commence on Saturday 28 March at Ascot, with a separate jockeys room now being put in place.
As previously advised, RWWA has identified a group of jockeys who have volunteered to ride at only metropolitan and inner provincial race meetings, and will be segregated from all other jockeys at racecourses. This group will also remove themselves from trackwork at racecourses and training centres. This risk mitigation measure has been implemented so that in the event one of the jockeys is impacted directly or indirectly, not all jockeys will be required to isolate.
To protect the industry and safeguard the continuation of racing, it is reminded that if participants are feeling unwell they should isolate themselves from the remainder of racing participants and not attend race meetings, trials or trackwork.
Only essential personnel must be in attendance at race meetings, trials or trackwork. Reports of others attending, who are not working on the day, will be referred to the RWWA Stewards for action.
For further information on on-course precautionary measures, please click here.