REGIONAL racing has returned for south-west trots trainers, drivers and owners after Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) announced it is re-entering the initiative on Wednesday.
HRV said regional-based racing would take place for the next six weeks following the tightening of COVID-19 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire.
Terang falls into the regional group which includes Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton and Stawell.
Melbourne and Surrounds (Cranbourne, Kilmore and Melton) and North-West (Mildura) are the other regions.
Meetings scheduled for this week (Ballarat Thursday, Mildura Friday, and Shepparton Friday night) will go ahead but trainers from regions outside those tracks are not permitted to compete and their horses scratched.
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As per the recent regional models, participants aren't allowed to race outside of their region.
Metropolitan races carrying $20,000 or more prizemoney will be scheduled where possible in both the Regional and Melbourne and Surrounds regions during this period.
HRV CEO Dayle Brown said it's "been clear since March when we moved early to restrict attendances at our race meetings that flexibility is required during COVID-19".
"Our people's health and well-being are always the top priorities. Our regional model saw us successfully and safely negotiate the period from April to July.
"Having that model developed and on hand has allowed us to pivot quickly following the announcements from the Premier.
"All of our stringent COVID-19 protocols will remain in place and must be adhered to.
"We are communicating regularly with all industry stakeholders and will continue to follow the advice of the state government and the chief health officer."
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