Club aborts plans to re-run Mt Barker Cup
Mt Barker Turf Club has abandoned plans to try to re-run the $35,000 Mt Barker Cup (2000m) this season after the feature race was part of Sunday’s meeting that was called off after two races because of an unsafe section of track.
Two of the eight races scheduled for the final MTBC meeting of the season were completed on Sunday before stewards and senior riders made a decision to abandon the remaining events because of soft sections of the track in the home straight from about the 100m-to- 50m mark.
Among the six races called off was the 2017 edition of the stay-ing feature and a Skyracing.TV Provincial Championships series heat.
Racing and Wagering WA made the club aware of its options yesterday.
Having already run seven meetings this season, RWWA confirmed another meeting would not be given to the MBTC to re-run the remaining races and the Mt Barker Cup could either be run at another venue or not held at all. In a statement provided by president Steven Carter, MBTC announced it would not be holding the cup in Narrogin on Friday or Albany next Thursday, as were signalled as potential options, and instead would try to run it later in the year when the 2017-18 local season commenced.
“We are not going to run the Mt Barker Cup at another venue — Albany and Narrogin were options,” Mr Carter said.
“This year’s cup will be reconvened to a meeting early next season, as well as holding the 2018 cup in March next year.”
Albany Racing Club’s meeting next Thursday will be boosted by the addition of a second Sky-racing.TV Provincial Championships series heat as a result of Sunday’s issue at Frost Park.
The track was rated a good 4 on Sunday morning but with rain falling during the day, a track inspection before race 1 was conducted by stewards and senior riders and passed fit to race, and the same process happened again before race 2.
Before race 2, the track rating was downgraded to a soft 5 but after race 2, which was won by the resuming Sondheim, riders reported to stewards section of track was inconsistent and horses were shifting underfoot.
Mt Barker recorded 7.4mm of rain overnight on the back of 1.8mm of rain on Saturday.
Steward Doug Mead said continuing showers made it difficult for the area of concern to improve, leaving them with no choice but to abandon the six remaining races as that section of the track was shifting quite badly.
Two races were completed, with Narlarco winning the Vale Jim Gilbert Maiden (1850m) for trainer Darryn Pateman and then Sondheim - a new stable acquisition for Jonathon Jachmann - claiming race 2 in strong fashion.
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