SALE Turf Club is scheduled to host its Life Members Raceday tomorrow, however, spectators will not be permitted on course.
Racing Victoria on Friday announced Victorian thoroughbred racing will continue to be spectator-free until at least next Thursday night.
The state government last week announced an easing of restrictions in regional Victoria from Friday, which would have allowed for the resumption of a limited number of spectators.
Because of the smaller spectator numbers and a focus on limiting, to the extent possible, the movement of racing industry participants, RV determined racing would be spectator free across all Victorian racetracks until at least Thursday. The decision was made in consultation with Country Racing Victoria and the relevant clubs to ensure thoroughbred racing is able to continue safely.
Only trainers, jockeys, racing officials and essential staff will be permitted to attend meetings.
RV chief executive Giles Thompson said racing spectator free until greater crowd limits were approved was the most practical decision at this point in time.
“This will provide our clubs who are racing over the coming days much needed certainty in the face of queries around ticketing, staffing, food orders, race-day experience and biosecurity protocols,” he said.
“When we can safely welcome spectators back to the racetrack in larger numbers with sufficient notice for clubs then we will make owners and club members the immediate priority.
“We’ll continue to liaise with the state government over the coming days regarding requirements for venues and will provide a further update to our industry in the days ahead.”
EACH of the eight races tomorrow have been named in hour of Sale Turf Club life members.
For the day’s opening race, the Wayne Pollock-Bill Jones Maiden Plate (2232 metres, noon), punters’ money has been going towards Raid The Bar, trained at Bundalaguah by Sharyn Trolove, following three promising runs. Another chance is Debullet, who has been out of the placings this year, but prefers the longer distances she’s been racing.
Among the fancies in race two, the David Wilson-Tony Hart Two-Year-Old Maiden Plate over 1108m, Along The River finished a neck behind the winner on debut at Sandown last month.
Veranskova is the short-priced favourite for race three, the Thelma Coster Maiden Plate (1108m). The filly placed second at Pakenham before a 26-week spell.
Before a fifth placing at Sandown earlier this month, Finch ‘N’ Chips placed in four races around the class for race four, the Helen Cantwell Maiden Plate (1419m). Eurelldidit finished second over 1200m on a heavy track at Kilmore on debut, while Stondfield finished second over 1110m during the same meeting, and would have won if the race was a stride longer.
Coming off a five-week break to contest race five, the 2232m Peter Gray Benchmark 66 Handicap, Slipintothis had two wins and two second placings during his previous preparation. Heir To The Throne had a win and two thirds in his previous three starts at Cranbourne, all over 2000m.
In race six, the Max Blakiston-Ian Rees Class One Handicap (1208m), I’m Thunderstruck returns from a 17-week spell, having won at Caulfield in January.
The omen bet of the day could be in race seven, the John Allman Benchmark 64 Handicap (1736m), where Facemask is coming off a second placing at Sandown over 1800m.
The final race of the day, the Anthony Lee Benchmark 64 Handicap over 1419m, is scheduled for 4pm. Always Sure will have his first run under Peter Moody, having won his last two runs under Queensland trainer Clare Cunningham. Yulong Impact has a win and a second from his two starts, while The Stager has a win and a third placing in his previous two starts over 1400m.
ILOVEANNIE finished second in a race at Bairnsdale on Sunday.
The five-year-old mare, trained at Sale by Jack Walkley, was slow out of the gate in the 1000 metre 0-58 handicap, but maintained contact with the pack. Ridden by Celine Gaudray, Iloveannie made a late run, finishing only half a length behind winner It’s A Rah.
Iloveannie won at Werribee in April.
Peppino ran on strongly to finish third in a 1600m 0-58 handicap for Walkley. It was the six-year-old gelding’s second run for Walkley after being under the care of Moruya-based Daniel Wheeler.
Shy Doll, trained by Ian Hutchins at Sale, finished third in a 1200m 0-58 handicap. The four-year-old mare led out of the barriers and into the home straight before being passed late, but held on for third place.