Moree Race Club to host December 19 Summer Races

AFTER months of deliberation, exploring different avenues and consultation with the local licensing authorities, Moree Race Club has elected to not stage the popular twilight Christmas races.

However, a re-branded race meeting with limited crowd numbers and strict COVID-19 requirements will still go ahead.

The Summer Races will jump from the barriers on Saturday, December 19 and will be very different to past Christmas meetings, club secretary Michelle Gobbert said.

“There will be a limit of 500 patrons consisting of sponsors, members, owners and a very limited number of general admission ticket holders,” Gobbert said.

“The event will also be limited to patrons 18 years and older.”

The Christmas Twilight races have quickly evolved as Moree’s biggest social event of the year, drawing more than 5000 people trackside.

Moree Race Club president Robbie Mather said the club didn’t take the decision lightly.

“While the decision was hard, in the end the additional costs for hire of equipment, additional security and cleaning, along with the reduced numbers because of COVID regulations, meant it was not financially viable to hold the race day in the same format as past years,” Mather said.

“We know there will be some people who will be disappointed with this decision, but we hope they will respect why we have made this decision, and look forward to a bigger and better 2021,” he said.

Patrons will be expected to abide by the current COVID-19 restrictions which, at this stage, including QR Code sign-in and temperature checks at the entrance.

Areas will be set up with tables and chairs for those wishing to consume alcoholic drinks.

Patrons are able to leave these areas to place a bet with bookmakers and TAB, look at the horses parade, buy food at the canteen and use toilet facilities, but are not permitted to walk around holding an alcoholic drink.

Correct social distancing must also be maintained.