Sale races transferred

David Braithwaite

WEDNESDAY’S Sale meeting has been transferred to Pakenham because of wet weather.

After the Greenwattle track received 30 millimetres of rain Monday night into Tuesday, considerable surface water was detected during a track inspection on Tuesday morning. The track was rated “soft seven” that morning.

With more rain due Tuesday afternoon and on Wednesday, racing officials decided to move the meeting to Pakenham turf track, which was rated a “soft five” as of early Tuesday afternoon.

Fields will remain unchanged, with all scratchings have been reinstated.

The program has remained largely unchanged, except for the 2200 metre benchmark 70 handicap, which will now be run over 2000m.

AN eight-race program will be held at Greenwattle Racecourse on Wednesday.

On Tuesday morning, the Sale track was rated “soft seven”.

Among the runners in the first race of the day, the 1200 metre maiden plate at 12.25pm, is Our John Boy, who finished second in his debut run last month at Kilmore.

Race two, the 1000m two-year-old maiden plate, looks to be an open race, with plenty of debutants. Rambeau is returning from a 16-week spell, having placed third in Ballarat last November before failing to break his maiden status while in Queensland.

In race three, the 1400m maiden plate, Next Step Berrima placed third in his debut last month at Geelong, while Next Ride finished second in a trial on a soft track this month.

For race four, the 2200m benchmark 70 handicap, Think Champayne and Heroic Fighter are coming off wins over similar distances.

Nine last start winners will take part in race five, the 1200m three-year-old benchmark 64 handicap. Among them will be Just Malcolm, who won at Cranbourne over 1000m last month for Sale-based trainer Bill Wood. Reciprocation returns from a 29-week spell after winning at Benalla on debut while Comica’s debut victory came on a soft track at Pakenham.

After back-to-back victories in January, All Of Brighton has placed second and fourth at Caulfield, and will come back in class for race six, the 1000m benchmark 78 handicap.

Lady D’oro finished second during the most Sale meeting after starting from barrier 10, and will welcome the kinder draw of barrier three for race seven, the 1400m fillies and mares benchmark 70 handicap. Starting a new campaign, Kurabui won both her starts last year at Pakenham and Caulfield.

In form jockey Jamie Kah will ride Bermadaz in the day’s final race, the 1400m class one handicap at 4.30pm. The gelding won on debut before 39-week spell. Skywolf and Headphones are also coming off wins, while Answer Me Hussy, who placed second at Pakenham last start, is also a chance.