New Zealand racing prepares to resume

24 April 2020
The New Zealand Racing industry can confidently continue preparations this weekend for a return to trialling and training under Alert Level 3 following confirmation today from Government.
 
Initial approval has been confirmed with Thoroughbred Racing NZ (NZTR) and Harness NZ (HRNZ) that businesses and stakeholders are able to return to work on Tuesday 28 April subject to meeting the protocols and guidance established by each code. 
 
While good progress has been made, officials are still finalising Greyhound Racing NZ's (GRNZ) approval for participants to prepare for handslip trials from Tuesday, and confirmation of these protocols is expected to be confirmed early next week. 
 
The resumption of training and trialling is a critical milestone in preparation for a full return to racing from next month, subject to finalisation of the draft racing calendar from May to July 2020.
 
RITA is thankful for the efforts of some key code staff and Government officials who have worked long hours to turn this process around and give the industry some certainty to resume. 
 
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