In­ter-Dom likely to be put on hold

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HARNESS rac­ing’s big­gest race, the In­ter Do­min­ion, is set to be scrapped this year.

The im­pact and un­cer­tainty of COVID has prompted NSW of­fi­cials to for­mally re­quest the In­ter Do­min­ion, sched­uled for Novem­ber/De­cem­ber, be pushed back a year. That would see Syd­ney host the next se­ries in Novem­ber/De­cem­ber, 2021, mean­ing Mel­bourne would go back to 2022.

“There’s just much un­cer­tainty, we have to make this call early,” HRNSW CEO John Dumesny said.

“It’s such an im­por­tant event for the sport and we don’t know where things will be in a few weeks, few months from now.

“Horses and train­ers have al­ready had big in­ter­rup­tions, look at NZ, where they haven’t even been rac­ing.

“It’s im­por­tant when we run an In­ter Do­min­ion, it’s an ab­so­lute show­piece for the sport and it’s hard to see that hap­pen­ing with what we’re cur­rently in the mid­dle of.”

In some pos­i­tive news for the fu­ture of the In­ter Do­min­ion, it is un­der­stood Queens­land has re­quested to “re-join” the roster and host the sport’s mar­quee event again soon.

The last In­ter Do­min­ion in Queens­land was back in 2009.

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