Inter-Dom likely to be put on hold
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.