The signs are promising the rich Gold Coast Magic Millions carnival in January will be largely unaffected by the COVID dramas which have impacted other racing carnivals.
The latest government advice in Queensland is they are hopeful interstate travel with Victoria will be given the green light in December and there will be unrestricted travel by Christmas.
That’s important given Air Horse Transport’s Chris Calthorpe says there has already been significant interest from Victorian trainers in flying Magic Millions hopefuls to the Sunshine State.
A Racing Queensland spokesman explained interstate horses could currently race in Queensland and any participant who wasn’t in a COVID hotspot could travel with their horse.
However, currently, any participant that is in a COVID hotspot would require State Government exemption to come to Queensland, as was the case during this year’s Queensland winter carnival.
Victorian trainer Ciaron Maher celebrating Away Game’s Magic Millions win. Picture: Steve HollandSource:News Corp Australia
Those participants would need to undertake 14 days quarantine in Queensland.
However restrictions seem set to ease further with Victoria recording its 11th consecutive day with no new coronavirus cases or deaths.
Gold Coast Magic Millions hopefuls who reside in NSW would be floated to Queensland while Calthorpe told Racenet there would be “no problem” organising planes to cater for Magic Millions horses from Victoria.
And all parties say they are hopeful restrictions will be eased further to allow all participants to freely travel to Queensland by the time of the lucrative carnival in January.
Queensland will launch its summer carnival next Monday with a function at the Q1 tower in Surfers Paradise.
Originally published asGold Coast preparing for interstate Millions invasion
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