TODAY’S meeting at Greenwattle Racecourse has been abandoned.
Racing Victoria yesterday announced the meeting had been abandoned after the track received 45 millilitres of rain on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, rendering them unsafe for racing.
The announcement follows the abandonment of a meeting at Moe last Monday due to the impacts of ongoing rain.
Racing Victoria chief operating officer Bernard Saundry said the heavy rain throughout the state since the weekend has not only impacted on the ability of tracks to host scheduled meetings, but also the ability for us to transfer meetings to other venues.
“We do not have a suitable venue in the state’s south-east to which we can transfer tomorrow’s Sale meeting and thus we have had to abandon it,” he said.
“The tracks in that part of the state are either too wet, undergoing standard autumn renovations, already hosting meetings in the coming days or in the case of Cranbourne and Stony Creek preparing for major meetings over the Labour Day long weekend.
“The option existed to transfer the meeting to the Geelong Synthetic track, however we have contacted the vast majority of trainers with runners engaged at Sale and have been advised that more than 50 per cent of the 82 runners would be scratched thus destroying the meeting.”
The next meeting for Sale is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14.