Racing Victoria has updated its handicapping policy due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19. The news comes after the 2kg weight allowance for jockeys was extended past August 1.
The updates mean that while the coronavirus weight allowance remains in place, topweights will be declared with a minimum of 60kg. This, obviously, is taking into account the added 2kg that jockeys may be carrying.
The rest of the weights across the field will in-turn be adjusted if the topweight has less than 60kg.
Victoria remains the hardest-hit state in Australia and is currently experiencing its second strict lockdown. Racing remains open like it did the first time around, however, changes to lessen risk are still being implemented.
In compliance with the government’s new rules, all those attending a race day must wear masks. Some jockeys are choosing to wear them while riding but at this point in time, it is not required.
New South Wales racing has also been impacted by COVID-19 recently, with a mid-week Warwick Farm meeting cancelled. A number of track employees were had attended a coronavirus hot-spot and the racing was called-off. They have since all returned negative tests.