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Gawler race meeting postponed as COVID hits SA


South Australia's midweek meeting at Gawler has been called off and Saturday's meeting at Morphettville is in jeopardy after the state was placed into lockdown on Tuesday due to the current COVID-19 outbreak in the state.

Remarkably racing has continued in New South Wales and Victoria despite their current lockdowns, however the South Australian government have not granted permission for the sport to proceed.

In a statement issued on Tuesday night, Racing SA CEO Nick Redin said the industry had lobbied the government for racing to continue behind closed doors.

"Despite lobbying the Government today and pressing our case to allow racing to continue behind closed doors, as has been the case in all mainland jurisdictions right throughout this pandemic," Mr Redin said.

"At this point in time we have not yet been able to reach a position where we can conduct race meetings for the next seven days.

"In light of the lockdown that comes into effect at 6pm today, the race meeting scheduled for Wednesday 21 July at Gawler has been transferred to Thursday 29 July."

The news comes as Racing Victoria confirmed it would continue to race behind closed doors after the Victorian government confirmed it would extend its lockdown for another seven days.

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