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Notice regarding the 2020 TAB Warrnambool May Carnival

The Warrnambool Racing Club (WRC) wishes to advise that the 2020 TAB Warrnambool May Racing Carnival, scheduled for May 5-7, will be closed to all spectators including members, owners and the general public.

The WRC is continuing discussions with Racing Victoria (RV), Country Racing Victoria and the Australian Jumping Racing Association (AJRA) on whether changes to the racing program and duration of the May Racing Carnival are appropriate in light of no crowds being in attendance. The outcome of those discussions is expected next week.  

With the current restrictions on indoor and outdoor social gatherings, and the increased emphasis on social distancing, the WRC has an obligation to take a community and racing participant safety-first approach.

WRC CEO, Tom O’Connor, said: “Unfortunately, like many other large events, the Club has had to make the hard decision. The focus now turns to ensuring the Club supports the racing industry in keeping participants in the game. 

“We are in unprecedented times and the WRC has to consider supporting the jumps community, their ability to race and their ability to support their owners and stable staff. In these extraordinary times, the WRC trusts its loyal members, customers and business partners will understand the position that presents itself.” 

Over the coming weeks, the WRC staff will reach out to all key stakeholders of the Club to discuss their individual relationships and partnerships with the Club. Given the significance of this list, the WRC asks for support and patience in allowing the Club time to work through this process. 

Further updates will follow, and the WRC is committed to keeping the communication lines open.