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May 6, 2020

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has told Prime Minister Scott Morrison that she is pleased horse racing in Australia has been able to proceed throughout COVID-19 restrictions.

The Prime Minister spoke with Her Majesty about Australia’s progress in combatting COVID-19 and made mention of horse racing, a sport that is very close to her heart.

Australia is one of the few countries to still have horses racing, along with with Hong Kong and Japan.

“Was very kind to receive Her Majesty’s call this evening to check in and see how we’re all getting on in Australia,” The Prime Minister wrote in a post on LinkedIn.

“The Queen was very interested to hear about our progress in combatting COVID-19 and was so pleased we have managed to prevent the terrible impacts. Our recovery from the bushfires was also a key area of interest for her as well as the ongoing drought.

“Her Majesty was also pleased to hear our horse races were still running in Australia and sent her very best wishes to all Australians.”

The Australian Turf Club has led the way in keeping thoroughbred racing going and deploying world’s best practices.

Racing clubs from around the world have contacted the Australian Turf Club in Sydney for advice on how to keep thoroughbreds racing during the coronavirus lockdown.

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