Inclement Weather Forces Bendigo Races to Run on Synthetic

In the north, by which we mean north of the equator, the saying is that April showers bring May flowers. Should that be modified to September showers bring October flowers for the floral admirers south of the equator?

Well, it is supposed to rain in the spring, but early spring thoroughbred racing has been bringing more frustration than flowers as a big wet has forced races to be moved off turf and onto synthetic surfaces.

Bendigo shifted a meeting to Pakenham Synthetic. Geelong has moved its upcoming meeting from turf to its synthetic track. The Gold Nugget Stakes, one that has always moved from place to place, is the biggest of Friday’s Ballarat races to be shifted to Caulfield on Saturday, meaning that the meeting will have 10 races on the card.

Victorian tracks have not been immune from the monsoon. Along with meetings being moved in the quest for reliable footing, trainers have been pulling their horses in droves. A Tuesday meeting at Swan Hill produced 58 scratchings. The second race was supposed to have 18 runners, but 12 withdrew, leaving a field of six.

Hopefully, things will dry out to some extent in time for this Saturday’s Group 1 George Main Stakes at Randwick or the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes the following weekend at Caulfield.

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