Wind blows race meeting to Saturday

BECAUSE of severe winds, Thursday’s scheduled race meeting at Sale has been transferred to Saturday.

Racing Victoria stewards abandoned Thursday’s meeting before the first race because of strong winds in the region and subsequent concern for participant safety.

RV racing operations manager Paul Bloodworth said the meeting would be held at the Greenwattle Racecourse on Saturday with fields remaining unchanged.

“The high winds which caused today’s meeting to be abandoned are forecast to subside by the weekend so we have made the decision in consultation with the Sale Turf Club to transfer the meeting to Saturday,” Bloodworth said.

“With no other regional meeting programmed on Saturday, we’re pleased that we have been able to transfer the meeting to allow participants the opportunity to race.”

The meeting will be the first at Sale for the new racing season.

The first race will be held at 12.27pm with the eighth and final race at 4.42pm.

WITH tomorrow’s meeting to be part of the new racing season, the Sale Turf Club premierships have been finalised.

Robbie Griffiths was premier trainer at Sale and also won the Gippsland title.

Michael Rodd won the jockeys’ premiership, while Matthew Allen was the Gippsland region winner.

Jake Bayliss won the Sale apprentice jockeys’ title on a count back, while injured apprentice Patrick Moloney won the Gippsland title.