Port Macquarie Race Club president Michael Bowman remains confident the Queen of the North race meeting scheduled for January 21 will go ahead.
It comes as New South Wales heads towards the peak of the Omicron wave in coming weeks.
"We'll be operating at normal at this stage, just have the requirement for masks to be worn indoors," he said.
Mr Bowman was hopeful 2022 race meetings would be the final ones affected by the pandemic, but he was quick to point out that had been the case for the last three years.
"We can't talk too soon. We thought that last time and the time before, but racing has been able to continue without crowds at times and then with restricted crowds.
"We're doing a lot better than some industries."
The Queen of the North meeting shapes as a lead in to the Country Championships qualifiers in February.
"We generally get horses from all over New South Wales," Mr Bowman said.
"Wayne Wilkes from Taree has had a lot of luck over the past couple of years and generally you do get interest from the south because $65,000 prizemoney is nothing to be sneezed at.
"It's better than the majority of country cup meetings."
The eight-race meeting starts at 1.15pm with the feature at 4.55pm.
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