Volatile Weather Affects Racing In Victoria And SA
Whilst Victorian and South Australia deals with intense heat that forced racing to be cancelled, up around Sydney it is rain that is bolloxing up the works. Warwick racecourse, on the southwestern side of the capital, feels that the rain has eased sufficiently to permit racing to go on.
Racecourse manager Mark Jones downgraded the track to heavy after 12mm of precipitation fell after a good 18mm soaking the previous night. Weather forecasts seem to indicate that any additional rain would fall north of the track, giving Jones the confidence to inform NSW stewards that the scheduled races could go on as planned.
Rosehill, taking the cautious approach, halted barrier trials after four heats. Over at Muswellbrook, the final two races were abandoned.
Reported track conditions for Ascot, Doomben and Sandown-Lakeside appear quite acceptable, with only Warwick reporting heavy.
Australian racing punters are no strangers to odd weather, but things do seems to have escalated somewhat of late, although still nothing to compare to 2008, when bushfires blackened skies for days on end.
Fortunately, from the perspective of the major metro tracks at least, December has a rather limited schedule in terms of significant races, so the timing of heat waves and monsoon rains is actually good.