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Today it was announced that both Addington Raceway and Riccarton Park will operate behind closed doors to the public during Cup Week in Canterbury in the second week of November.
The lack of clarity around alert levels for Canterbury going forward has led to the racing clubs having no choice but to plan to race with access for industry members only, during a week which historically brings in thousands of visitors to the city.
Darrin Williams is the Racing Industry Manager for Addington Raceway.
He spoke to John MacDonald about the reasons for the decision and told him they left the decision as long as possible to try and get a clear picture of what restrictions would be in place on their biggest day of the year, New Zealand Trotting Cup Day.