Ongoing Covid crisis forces Victoria Cup venue switch

Adam HamiltonNews Corp Australia Sports Newsroom
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Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has been forced to move one of its marquee races, the Group 1 Victoria Cup, from Melton to Bendigo.

Sunday‘s Covid-19 road map update from the State Government really forced HRV’s hand with the Victorian Carnival just around the corner on October 2 and 9.

“With Melton being in the metro region and the curfew being extended until at least October 23, we really had to move the Carnival,” HRV CEO Dayle Brown said.

“Since the curfew started we‘ve moved all our Saturday night Melton meetings to regional tracks because it wouldn’t be right to finish before the 9pm curfew.

“We met on Sunday and again this morning because we had to make our decision quickly, especially with the heats of the Oaks and Derby on October 2.”

Victoria is blessed with a lot of quality regional tracks, but it came down to Bendigo or Ballarat to host the upcoming two big nights.

“We considered a lot of things, infrastructure, location, like-for-like racing, industry feedback and felt Bendigo was the most appropriate,” Brown said.

“It is a terrific track with excellent facilities and it does have a great feature history, being the original home of the Breeders Crown.”

Originally published as Ongoing Covid crisis forces Victoria Cup venue switch

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