The 2021 White Turf meeting at St. Moritz in Switzerland will not take place due to COVID-19, the St. Moritz Racing Association (SMRA) announced on Thursday. The unique winter event has been postponed to Feb. 6, 13, and 20 of 2022, instead. As it stands, there have been an increasing number of coronavirus infections according to the Swiss Federal Office for Public Health (BAG). The Snow Polo World Cup was also postponed earlier this month, and, as the SMRA share the costs of building the tent city on the lake with that event, a cancellation was inevitable.
“We are very sad that we have had to postpone White Turf, but it is the only correct decision in view of the current situation,” said SMRA President Thomas C. Walther of the decision to postpone the meeting. “In doing so, we are taking responsibility for our active members, club members, guests, sponsors, partners and helpers, who are our top priority.
“It is our goal to hold the most important horse racing event in Switzerland in its usual unique ambience in 2022. It is not for nothing that White Turf is one of the select Swiss Top Events and has special international appeal as the only horse race on a frozen lake, set against the incomparable beauty of the Engadine mountain world.”