Mt Barker Cup postponed due to unsafe track

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser

The running of the $35,000 Tabtouch Mt Barker Cup (2000m) has been postponed after stewards deemed the Mt Barker Turf Club surface unsafe following the completion of the first two races there this afternoon.

With rain in the area this morning and further showers during the day, a section of the track from the 100m to 50m in the home straight was found to be holding water.

A track inspection prior to race 1 was conducted by stewards and senior rides and passed fit to race, and the same process happened again before race 2.

However following race 2, which was won by the resuming Sondheim, riders reported to stewards that parts of that section of track were inconsistent and horses were shifting underfoot.

Senior riders and stewards then deemed the track unsafe to continue the remainder of the meeting, including the MBTC cup feature race and a heat of the Skyracing.TV Provincial Championships series.

Racing and Wagering WA made the announcement the remainder of the meeting had been postponed after race two, with six events still to run.

The Albany Advertiser understands the Mt Barker Cup is almost certain to be rescheduled and possibly all six races but given that is the final MBTC meeting of the season another fixture at the venue would have to be given or perhaps the feature race be run at another venue, most likely Albany.

A decision on that is expected early this week once RWWA and the club can discuss the possible options and date available.

Several trainers and jockeys were visibly fuming when the decision was made public on-course.

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