Firstly we hope everyone is well and we look forward to seeing you all as soon as possible in the near future.
Members please note: your membership form must be completed and returned to the club no later than October 31st to ensure your 20/21 membership. Any questions please call 54493205.
Currently restrictions from both State Government & Harness Racing Victoria, which have been in place since March only allow licensed participants with a horse engaged to enter both race meetings and trials. Unfortunately there is no foreseeable change to this but we will update you as soon as we know of any changes.
On a brighter note the months ahead are full of feature racing here at BHRC with:
Stay safe and we will see you all very soon!
Bendigo Harness hope you, your family, friends are keeping safe in the current environment. Due to the rise in Covid19 cases across the region this week we remind everyone to please take care and if you develop symptoms you must not attend the club for training, trials or race day and please go and get tested.
A reminder Participants, Club Officials, staff and volunteers must immediately report to HRV any instances where you have:
This is a time for the industry to work together and we thank all participants, members and staff for their cooperation. Together we can give our industry the best shot at racing safely through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) wishes to thank participants for their ongoing vigilance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This virus looks set to be with us all for a while, but together we can look after one another and give ourselves the best chance to continue racing safely if we take all precautions.
HRV is encouraging all participants to be particularly vigilant around tracks in municipalities where COVID-19 is significantly active, such as within the local government areas of Hume, Casey and Melton.
All our racetracks have strict entry conditions and protocols to comply with government directives and keep you safe.
If participants are travelling through COVID-19 hotspots to attend the races we strongly recommend they not stop to visit shops and other businesses (i.e. restaurants, fast food outlets, supermarkets, petrol stations) in those areas.
We also recommend that participants bring their own food and refreshments to the track as there will be no serving of food on course at Tabcorp Park Melton, Cranbourne and Kilmore.
From Monday July 27, participants who leave the track at any stage during a race meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton, Cranbourne or Kilmore will not be permitted re-entry.
From Monday July 27 the wearing of face masks and face coverings will be mandatory at all harness racing tracks across Victoria. HRV has made this decision to further reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
From tomorrow night (Saturday July 25) all drivers will be required during post-race interviews to have a mask in their possession. Drivers are exempt from wearing a mask during a post-race interview, but must wear a mask immediately upon the conclusion of the interview.
In line with government directions, the wearing of a mask or face covering is not compulsory during a race or trial. However, HRV strongly encourages drivers to wear a face covering such as pulling up their skivvy or the wearing of a ski mask to cover the mouth and nose.
This is a time for the industry to work together and we thank all participants for their cooperation. Together we can give our industry the best shot at racing safely through the COVID-19 pandemic.
An important update for those that may have missed the recent COVID-19 return to regional racing news:
“We have 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 wellbeing are always the top priorities" - Dayle Brown CEO HRV
The regions for the next six weeks will be known as Regional (consisting of Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton, Stawell, Terang), Melbourne and Surrounds (Cranbourne, Kilmore, Melton) and North-West (Mildura). HRV will continue to race only at the nine clubs that have been hosting race meetings since April. More information can be found at https://www.thetrots.com.au/
Whilst we would love to have everyone back at the track and a return to racing across all our friendly sister clubs the current environment simply doesn't allow this.
To find a positive in this situation has to be our club getting the chance to host METRO racing tomorrow night! A huge 9 race card welcoming some of the best horses and drivers across our region for a fantastic night of racing! Food (Pizza, Pies, Sausage Rolls) & Drinks will be available to purchase for those allowed to attend. To watch our meeting from the couch simply head to Trots Vision at https://www.thetrots.com.au/
Revised Racing Calendar Bendigo:
Saturday 11th – Night
Monday 13th – Day
Thursday 16th – Night
Sunday 19th – Morning Trials
Monday 20th – Day
Sunday 26th – Twilight
Tuesday 28th - Night
HRV Trots Media
30 MAR 2020
Last Updated 30 Mar 2020From Thursday, Victorian harness racing will be conducted with racing in defined districts restricted to participants from those areas.
Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) today revealed a new region-based racing calendar to limit travel for participants, in line with public health recommendations to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Tomorrow night’s Mildura meeting has been cancelled due to the Mildura Cup being postponed. That meeting has been replaced by a new Bendigo meeting.
“This model allows us to keep essential personnel and participants at race meetings. It also provides us the best opportunity to continue conducting race meetings,” HRV CEO Dayle Brown said.
The new racing model will see Victoria divided into six regions, with meetings conducted at nine tracks – Inner West (Melton and Ballarat), West (Terang and Stawell), East (Kilmore and Cranbourne), North West (Mildura), Central (Bendigo) and North East (Shepparton).
All previous calendar feature events will be cancelled. Details regarding prizemoney will be advised.
Every Victorian participant has been assigned a specific region in which they are allowed to compete. The list can be viewed here.
“The support we have received through regular and thorough consultation with our industry representative bodies during this challenging period has been really important and I thank them for that,” Brown said.
Trots Clubs Victoria (TCV) President Tim Scala said the regional model made sense.
“We want to survive as an industry and come out the other side of this,” Scala said.
“It will mean that some clubs will have their racing transferred to another track or region, but we need to be happy that there will still be clubs operating.”
Prominent industry supporter and principal of Aldebaran Park, Duncan McPherson, said that “Harness Racing Victoria was to be commended for its decisive action”.
“This is another opportunity for trainers, drivers and all participants to play a role in maintaining the industry,” McPherson said.
“I hope we will see this as an opportunity for our industry to move forward.”
Victorian Trainers and Drivers Association president Lance Justice said the VTDA welcomed the move.
“Naturally there will be some who would like to have been assigned to another region or race at other tracks,” Justice said. “I understand that, but we must unite to support this model so as we can continue earning prizemoney and paying the bills.
“The racing office staff at HRV will be flat out reworking the programs and the fields. We have been given assurances they will program to provide as many opportunities as possible throughout all the regions. They are using real-time data to program to best suit racing populations within each region. It’s important now we let them do their job, don’t inundate them with phone calls, and we’ll do ours. We’re all in this together.”
Clinton Welsh, who is a member of the Victorian Harness Racing Advisory Council, echoed that sentiment.
“Regionalisation is another way we can safeguard the industry. And it’s important that our participants have something that occupies their mind during such a tough time. Racing is a true outlet for a lot of trots people.”
Speaking on behalf of owners’ representative body, the Victorian Harness Racing Club, Rob Auber said he was an avid supporter of region-based racing in this time.
“HRV has to make some tough decisions to maintain the continuity of racing. Immediately moving to a regional model gives this sport the best chance to succeed,” Auber said.
“We understand that this will affect different participants in different ways, but whatever can be done to keep our people safe, healthy and earning a livelihood must be supported.”
The new-look Victorian harness racing calendar at this stage for the next fortnight will be:
Monday 30 March: Cranbourne day
Tuesday 31 March: Bendigo night
Wednesday 1 April: Stawell day, Shepparton night
Thursday 2 April: Ballarat day, Mildura night
Friday 3 April: Kilmore day, Bendigo night
Saturday 4 April: Melton night
Sunday 5 April: Cranbourne twilight
Monday 6 April: Shepparton day
Tuesday 7 April: Terang night
Wednesday 8 April: Kilmore day, Mildura night
Thursday 9 April: Melton day, Bendigo night
Saturday 11 April: Melton night
Sunday 12 April: Shepparton night
Please note, this calendar is subject to change with HRV exploring the possibility of providing additional opportunities for the industry.
Industry participants and HRV staff are reminded that HRV has an Industry Assistance Program, which provides a free counselling service to employees and licenced participants. This service is provided by Benestar. Contact them on 1300 360 364 or visit Benestar.com for more information.
Industry is also reminded of the current raceday requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) advises this week’s Mildura Cup has been postponed.
The decision was made to discourage participant travel throughout Victoria during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Mildura meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday night has now been cancelled. Thursday’s Bendigo meeting has been moved to Tuesday night.
Trainers are reminded that those nominated at Bendigo not wishing to accept have the option to scratch by 8.30am tomorrow morning.
Wednesday’s meetings at Stawell and Shepparton will go ahead as scheduled.
HRV will tomorrow morning provide a more detailed view of how the racing calendar will look from Thursday onward.
Racing will resume in Victoria tomorrow night after Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) confirmed the steward tested for COVID-19 earlier this week had returned a negative result.
HRNSW previously reported a club official working at Penrith trots on Thursday March 19 had tested positive to COVID-19. That official had come into contact with a steward, who then worked the following night at Bathurst where Victorian participants were racing.
Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) and HRNSW worked together to identify the participants who had contact with the steward and alerted those people during the week.
None of those participants have reported any symptoms.
“We are comfortable with the processes employed by HRNSW to investigate this situation and we’re pleased the steward has tested negative to COVID-19,” HRV CEO Dayle Brown said.
“I am sure the news is a significant relief to that steward and the steward’s family, as well as the entire harness racing industry.
“The strict race night protocols previously announced by HRV will remain in place to ensure we continue to reduce our footprint at race meetings, with only essential personnel able to attend.
“The health and wellbeing of our people is paramount, and this is why we took the precautionary measures this week to suspend racing while we investigated the NSW reports.
“We are continuing to explore all options that would allow our participants the opportunity to continue earning an income through racing.
“We are also committed to ensuring full compliance with government health edicts and will continue working closely with our stakeholders and staff to protect their health and wellbeing.”
With racing resuming as of tomorrow night, the schedule will proceed as planned.
HRV will continue to monitor and respond to government protocols put in place to control the spread of COVID-19.
Victorian trots meetings scheduled for tonight, tomorrow and Friday have been suspended while Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) investigates a report from Harness Racing New South Wales yesterday that a participant who attended a Penrith meeting on Thursday, March 19, had been in contact with a person now confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19.
“We’re investigating potential implications for Victorian personnel who may have subsequently had contact with at-risk individuals at the Bathurst meeting on Friday,” HRV CEO Dayle Brown said.
“This is an important precautionary step. We must continue to put the health and wellbeing of our participants above all else.”
The participant who had contact with the confirmed COVID-19 case, and a steward who had dealings with the participant last Thursday, have had a COVID-19 test and are awaiting results.
The suspended meetings are:
Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) and Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) have today announced strict new measures to protect harness racing populations from the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
From today both HRV and HRNSW will not accept interstate nominations from any state and no interstate trainers or drivers are permitted to enter race meetings.
“The message to our people is simple – do not travel,” the joint HRV/HRNSW statement from CEOs Dayle Brown (HRV) and John Dumesny (HRNSW) said.
HRV and HRNSW will update the industry throughout the day as the situation continues to evolve.