Race Cancellations On Saturday Due To Heat
Extreme heat in Victoria and South Australia forced the cancellation of Saturday race meetings in those areas.
Flemington, Colac and Wangaratta represent the affected tracks in and around Melbourne where temperatures reached 41 in the city and higher in the country. Morphettville in Adelaide also called off racing.
This is the first time since 2009 where weather impacted racing in this fashion, according to Executive General Manager of Racing for Racing Victoria, Greg Carpenter. Racing punters will recall the day as Black Saturday due to the wildfire-generated smoke. Carpenter did not say that the conditions that caused the current cancellation equaled the 2009 event in severity. Erring on the side of caution regarding valuable thoroughbreds seems prudent.
Two additional races added to the Wednesday Sandown meeting will replace two of the scheduled Flemington events. The meeting for Boxing Day at Caulfield will also feature 10 races. With eight Victorian meetings on the calendar for Boxing Day, horses affected by the cancellation have many opportunities.
Trainer Mick Price was set to debut Hellbound Saturday at Flemington. He took the cancellation in stride, saying, “Missing a run on Saturday is not the end of the world.” He went on to say that races at Caulfield or Geelong would do nicely to debut Hellbound.