$100K Mungrup race cancelled due to scorching forecast
Mt Barker Turf Club’s biggest meeting on the calendar, featuring the Mungrup Stud Sprint has been cancelled today under Racing and Wagering WA’s heat policy.
The annual Grapes and Gallops festival attracts hundreds of spectators but with a forecast of 41 degrees in Mt Barker on Sunday, RWWA announced today that the meeting will no longer be held at the venue.
Instead the meeting, minus the $100,000 sprint feature, will be moved to Albany where the temperate is forecast to be 33 degrees.
The Mungrup Stud Sprint had nine acceptances this morning from the initial 16 nominations and RWWA confirmed the feature race will not be run in Albany and instead switched to a later date.
RWWA’s James Ryan said with the sweltering temperatures, a decision was made to switch the meeting.
“The forecast is to be 40 degrees and above so the heat policy has kicked in,” Ryan said.
“Albany is forecast to be a lot cooler.
“We wanted to give (the meeting) every chance in Mt Barker and we’ve been monitoring the forecast.
“We have re-opened acceptances for Sunday’s meeting.
“There will be slight distances amendments.
“In regards to the Mungrup (Stud Sprint) we are trying to find a spot for it, either a whole new meeting or on another Mt Barker date but that’s something we are still working through.”
MBTC have been working to rectify an issue with their track, after dry patches forced their latest meeting to be moved to Albany.
On Monday RWWA stewards passed the track fit to race on this Sunday, after the areas of concern had recovered significantly.
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