Ascot delay affects Albany race meeting

Cameron Newbold ALBANY ADVERTISERAlbany Advertiser

The postponement of today’s midweek meeting at Ascot has forced several jockey changes on the seven-race program set down for Albany’s Percy Spencer Racecourse tomorrow afternoon.

Stewards decided to postpone the remainder of the meeting at Ascot, after the running of race one, because of severe weather in the area.

Races two to eight on the Ascot program will now be run tomorrow on the same day as Albany.

A total of 17 jockeys were engaged in Albany’s second meeting of the season when final fields were released.

Eight of those 17 jockeys set to ride in Albany also have riding commitments on the remaining Ascot card.

Lucas Camilleri, Natasha Faithfull, Colin Haddon, Shaun McGruddy, Shaun Meeres, Ben Paterson, Sasha Starley and Jason Whiting were the eight hoops who had double commitments.

McGruddy, Meeres, Whiting, Camilleri and Paterson have elected to forfeit their rides in Albany and will ride at the rest of the Ascot card.

This has forced several rider changes at the Albany meeting which was due to start at 1.27pm.

Apprentice jockeys Fiona Bell and Clint Johnston-Porter initially had just one ride each when the final fields came out.

Danny Miller, Mark Forder and Peter Farrell, who were all not down to ride tomorrow, have picked up rides so far.

Albany’s meeting has been switched to Sky Racing 2 with Ascot to remain on Sky Racing 1.

Race one is now set to start at 1.54pm with the final race scheduled for 5.40pm.

Albany trainer Steve Wolfe has Aground, Conjob and Gee Pee Ess all down to race at the Ascot meeting and will now saddle up 15 runners in Albany on the same day.

Thunderstorms and strong winds have been forecast for Albany tomorrow.

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