Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports
Release Date:
Thursday, 8 September 2022 - 7:48pm

The public is advised effective immediately and until further notice the portion of land at the Ellis Thomas Downs which is owned by Thomas family may not be utilised in any way by the Government, its agents and/or assigns. This includes the Horseowners’ Association, and any person connected thereto.

The parcels of land are Parcels 170, 171 and 246, Block 2736B, Sea Cow’s Bay Registration Section. 

We have taken immediate steps to comply with the directive issued. 

As a result, we have notified the Horseowners’ Association of this important information.   We are aware that races are scheduled to take place at the Ellis Thomas Downs on 18 September 2022. Regrettably, Government is not in a position to say whether the current issues will be resolved prior to that date.

Accordingly, we have advised Mr. Lesmore Smith of the Horseowners’ Association that it may be prudent to take urgent steps to cancel those races in order to mitigate the inconvenience to all relevant stakeholders.        

We want the public to remain assured that Government is committed to working assiduously with the Thomas Family to rectify this situation as soon as possible.