Racing – Owner Pleas For Reason

Racing is Covid-19 compliant

I’ve been in the medical and pharmaceutical industry my entire life.

Longstanding racehorse owner John Finlasyon, pictured above, writes that he clearly understands the science and time required to manage an unknown virus, especially one that has jumped from animal to human.

Only extremely wealthy countries have the ability to lockdown people’s movements and economies and attempt to stick it out for a vaccine or clinically proven treatment.

SA is not one of those. In fact SA has added deep-seated inequalities which add to the problem of shutting down and would probably never recover economically from a protracted one.

Companies large and small will start some sort of step towards liquidation or downsizing from now onwards, which will cause the same effects far down the chain – companies and industries we haven’t even thought about yet.

Thankfully the hospitals started some procedures this week and some of the drugs in our range are frontline drugs in the current treatment of the sick COVID patients. However, that is cold comfort.

There is an industry I am particularly concerned about and that is thoroughbred horse racing and the logical pre-curser breeding.

This industry has proved it is COVID-19 scientifically compliant right now, nearly 6 weeks into lockdown, and racing events can be run on this scientific programme correctly according to all the CCC requirements – even if horses participating are limited to racing at tracks where they are currently being trained, fed and looked after.

I see no reason to stop this from happening immediately.

CCC please reconsider your decision on allowing this to happen in level 4.

It is either going to keep a large industry intact or collapse it forever

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