Race meeting transferred to Pakenham

SATURDAY’S scheduled meeting at Greenwattle Racecourse has been transferred to Pakenham because of the state of the track.

An inspection of the track Thursday morning determined it was too firm for racing this weekend and if the meeting had proceeded it may have impacted on the horses’ welfare.

Racing Victoria tracks and infrastructure executive general manager Jamie McGuinness said a combination of remedial works and forecast weather led to Thursday’s decision to transfer the meeting.

“A major irrigation upgrade is being undertaken at Sale racecourse with the new system to be commissioned next week,” McGuinness said.

“Unfortunately there has been damage with the old system that has made irrigation of the track, from that system, unavailable this week so it is without a suitable irrigation solution prior to Saturday’s meeting.

“The weather forecast was originally favourable with rainfall predicted today that would have produced a suitable surface for racing this weekend.

“However, the rainfall forecast has been significantly reduced this morning and as such Racing Victoria and the Sale Turf Club have agreed, in the interests of horse welfare, to transfer Saturday’s meeting to Pakenham.”

Despite the racing being transferred, the Ladies’ Day luncheon will still proceed at Greenwattle on Saturday.