Racing set to return to Young Paceway

Racing at Young Harness Racing Club last year. Photo: file
Racing at Young Harness Racing Club last year. Photo: file

Harness Racing NSW has announced an easing of its regionalisation measures and Young Harness Racing Club will benefit.

From Monday Bathurst and Wagga will no longer be the only track in the Riverina and western region hosting meetings, as racing gets set to return to Young, Dubbo and Parkes.

Regionalisation came into effect during March as the coronavirus threatened to put a stop to the industry.

The measures prevented trainers from sending their horses outside of their own zone, and in the Riverina region Wagga was the only track hosting events, while Bathurst hosted western racing.

Racing can return to the three other tracks from Monday while HRNSW also announced country trainers can travel to Menangle Saturday meetings from June 13, and by July 1 all restrictions will be removed, allowing trainers to send their horses to any track they wish.

The removal of restrictions still comes with strict measures being taken at tracks to ensure everyone's safety.

"Established COVID-19 protocols will be retained at all tracks until such time as rescinded by NSW Health," the statement from HRNSW said.

"HRNSW will monitor health concerns and continue to follow the lead of government in respect of the COVID-19 pandemic."

Young Harness Racing Club are hoping to secure two meetings this month on June 16 and June 23.

Negotiations with Wagga Harness Racing Club and other clubs are set to be completed this week and determine the programming for racing for the rest of the month.