Albany pacing cup abandoned due to heavy rain

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Albany Harness Racing Club’s major meeting of the season scheduled for tonight has been abandoned due to the heavy rain fall over the past 24 hours.

The 30,000 GWN Albany Cup (2683m) was the feature race on tonight’s seven-race program which was set to kick off at 7.07pm at Harold Reid Paceway.

However Racing and Wagering WA stewards made the decision this morning just after 10am to abandon given the track is underwater and more rain is expected to fall this afternoon.

RWWA harness tweeted this morning saying stewards have made the decision to abandoned due to extreme weather conditions.

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Albany airport recorded 16mm of rain overnight to 9am and has had a further 13.6mm of rain since 9am.

AHRC president Terry Rolfe said it was disappointing to lose tonight’s meeting but there was simply nothing that could be done.

“A decision was made around 10am, the track is just too wet to race on,” Rolfe said.

“We are talking to RWWA about what are options we have.”

AHRC will push for the meeting to be transferred to another date rather than lose it altogether.

Tonight’s meeting at Gloucester Park in Perth is still going ahead.

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