Newmarket and Provincial Qualifier Relocated
Heavy rain and standing water has compelled Racing NSW to move the Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap from the Beaumont track in Newcastle to Rosehill Gardens, according to a statement issued by Racing NSW chief Peter V’landys.
The Newmarket will be added as the 10th race of the meeting and will be run following the premier event of the day, the Golden Slipper Stakes.
The decision to relocate the Newmarket, considered an important lead-up to the Doncaster Mile and other feature races of The Championships came after a track inspection of Beaumont revealed an inconsistent surface that rated anywhere from a Good four or five to a Heavy 10 or worse. Rather than risk horses and jockeys, the wise decision to relocate was made.
The Provincial Championships Qualifier has also been moved to Sunday’s Wyong meeting. Earlier scratchings for both races have been reinstated.
The only other option, according to Racing NSW acting chief steward Marc Van Gestel, was to abandon the meeting and cancel the races.
Rosehill is currently rated at Good 3 and the forecast for the Saturday meeting call for overcast and showers clearing and leaving fine weather. The rail is out two metres and there should be little bias evident on a dry track, with inside barriers favouring the middle distances but of little importance for longer races or sprints.