Burnett race meet pulls huge online crowd
HORSE RACING: The oldest jockey club in Queensland held its first online race day in history due to coronavirus restrictions.
The Gayndah Jockey Club’s race meet on June 13 was a spectator-free event, with only a skeleton crew on hand to facilitate the event.
Only a select few were allowed on the racecourse on Saturday, which included barrier attendants, committee members, Racing Queensland staff, judges and race callers.
Gayndah Jockey Club secretary Sonia Waldock said the day was successful, and the races finished in record time.
“The meet started at 1pm, and finished at 3.30pm, and there were no dramas at all,” she said.
“There was quite a strong field on the day, with 13 horses running in one of our races.”
Racing Queensland put forth prizemoney for the meet — all five races had up to $7450 on offer for those who placed.
Country Queensland Racing platform On The Bit live-streamed the five races for those spectating from home.
“That’s the first time we’ve used that, and it was great since no one could be there,” Mrs Waldock said.
“We’ll be looking to continue that live-streaming in the future.”
The next meet is set for October 10, and Mrs Waldock said the Gayndah Jockey Club committee hoped to put on an exciting spring race day.
“We’re definitely gearing up for that one, but we still have to wait and see what happens by the time October comes round,” she said.
Race 1 winner: 2. Diggity
Race 2 winner: 2. Love Rush
Race 3 winner: 2. Walshie
Race 4 winner: 3. Last Armageddon
Race 5 winner: 11. Sentimental Miss