Perth Racecourse has announced it plans for the phased, safe, and controlled return of spectators to the Scone venue in June, marking the first time in 21 months that the course will welcome members of the public.
The first phase, following permission from Perth Safety Advisory Group, will see an agreed capacity of members attend the bet365 Perth Gold Cup Day on June 6th, with permission pending “Park & Picnic Bubble” tickets for the BRAW Raceday on June 19th.
Perth Racecourse CEO Hazel Peplinski said “The return of spectators to Perth has been a long time in the planning and I am delighted that we have now reached a position when we can safely welcome back a limited number. We have really missed them. Seeing our enclosures with racegoers enjoying our sport live shall give us back our sense of purpose.”
There will be no public sale for tickets with the “Park & Picnic Bubble” car tickets for the June 19th event being offered in the first instance to those who held tickets for cancelled racedays in 2020 and opted for a voucher rather than a refund.
For the team at Perth, the phased return of racegoers will follow weeks of intensive planning and working closely with SAG and other key event partners, with the aim that it can enable a safe return of gradually greater numbers at meetings throughout the rest of the year.
As Hazel explains, “We have liaised with our Safety Advisory Group since the beginning of the pandemic and their advice and support has been invaluable throughout. It has been a long, even dark road at times but to hear the excitement of our Annual Members anticipating being permitted racing again has been a morale booster for the whole team.”
The bet365 Gold Cup Day on June 6th will see bet365 return to support the fixture for a second successive season, with the bet365 Sam Morshead Perth Gold Cup Handicap Chase the feature of the day, celebrating the life of the former Perth racecourse manager.