There’s no question that the whole World is going to look back at the year 2020 and shake their heads in disbelief. Whether what has happened is a one off, or something we’ll have to get used to in the future, no-one knows.
One thing that is obvious to harness racing followers and participants, is that everyone is chomping at the bit to get back into racing.
Even in their wildest dreams, it is hard to imagine that HRNZ would have expected to see nearly 500 horses across the Country, front up to race on the first weekend back in action. And that’s heading into a time when normally the main concern is how are we going to fill fields!
No doubt, after a few weeks the novelty of racing in the middle of Winter will wear off for a few, but with dozens more appearing at trials and workouts, it seems that June and July are going to be, at least in a small way, the recovery stakes that we were hoping for, and that are very much needed.
No doubt there are more issues to come before we celebrate the start of 2021, but in the meantime, let’s celebrate and enjoy the return to racing that we have all been hanging out for.