March 19, 2020

In response to the Australian and Territory Government’s COVID-19 advice, the Darwin Turf Club has made the difficult decision to run all race days between today and June 1 with essential personnel only, without any crowds in attendance.

Darwin Turf Club chief executive Brad Morgan said it was not a decision taken lightly, but it was one made to keep staff, patrons, jockeys, trainers, and the broader community safe and healthy.

“The racing industry supports countless jobs and pours money directly back into the local  economy, so this decision impacts upon a much wider stakeholder base thank simply industry participants” he said.

“We have been watching the advice closely, and while we have implemented additional hygiene measures through the grounds and are following advice on limiting the number of people in different areas, this new advice means we have to shut the grounds completely to the general public.

“Trainers, jockeys, stable hands, broadcasters and other essential track and venue operations staff will still be allowed on course.”

The Darwin Turf Club will be releasing further communications regarding the Darwin Cup Carnival as more information comes to hand.“While these are uncertain and unprecedented times, and constantly changing, we will continue to assess the ramifications for the industry whilst maintaining a priority for the safety and wellbeing of participants and the wider community,” he said.