Caloundra trainer Gary “Jack” Duncan’s horse Populist in action at Corbould Park in April. PHOTO: Michael McInally / Racing Queensland
Caloundra trainer Gary “Jack” Duncan’s horse Populist in action at Corbould Park in April. PHOTO: Michael McInally / Racing Queensland

Hopes owners, members can return to Corbould Park soon

RACING: Sunshine Coast Turf Club CEO John Miller is hopeful it won’t be too long before crowds are back trackside, with owners and members possibly returning as early as next week.

While racing has continued under strict guidelines during the COVID-19 crisis, it’s done so largely in silence, without owners even granted the chance to cheer on their charges.

However, Miller was optimistic they’d be back as soon as Queensland Health approved the racing industry’s COVID-safe plan.

“The latest advice was that we’re hopeful that might be able to commence in some form next week,” he said.

“Obviously, until we get approval, we can’t do anything but we’ve been working towards at least trying to get members and owners back on course.

“There’s a chance next week or the week after that will happen.”

He believed limited numbers of the general public would likely be allowed to flow back through the gates shortly after when Stage 3 restrictions begin, just in time for the Glasshouse Handicap and Winx Guineas on July 11.

“We’re really excited. We’ve got a lot of positive stuff to look forward to with a new racing season just around the corner and hopefully COVID-19 is in the rear vision mirror a bit and we can get back to doing what we do best,” he said.

Corbould Park will host its first race meet of the month on Sunday following a three-week break to conduct some repairs and upgrades.

During the short hiatus, the club top-dressed the track with sand along with some verti-drainage and fertiliser works.

Thanks to Racing Queensland, the club also installed a new set of starting barriers.

“The old set of gates had done a power of work, obviously running 60 or 70 race meetings a year over 10 years-plus,” Miller said



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