Benalla Racing Club's Community Gold Cups Race Day was cancelled on Sunday after a week of heavy rain.April 17, 2014 3:19am
Benalla Racing Club’s Community Gold Cups Race Day was abandoned on Sunday after the course was inundated with rain during the week.
Stewards inspected the track early Sunday morning and reported there were two areas of concern on the extremely heavy track.
‘‘Of particular concern were a section from the 1500
The race day was called off about 7.15
Benalla Racing Club general manager Bradley Thomas said heavy dew on Saturday night tipped the decision the wrong way for the club.
‘‘We’d been passing all our other tests and we passed inspections Friday and Saturday, and the heavy dew Saturday night emphasised that rain that had come through during the week and it tipped it the wrong way,’’ Thomas said.
‘‘You can’t beat Mother Nature.’’
The track received about 89
‘‘Obviously everyone’s disappointed but reality is it also highlighted the hard work we have put in, in the past 12 months, to be able to handle 90
‘‘The disappointing part was that we had more than 200 pre-bookings and more than 150 booked on buses and it was going to be a really good crowd and a really good day.’’
Thomas said he had been expecting between 1500 and 2000 racegoers at the event.
‘‘From that point of view it was a great chance to showcase this facility to not only Benalla people but people in other districts,’’ he said.
It is not yet known how much of a financial hit the club will take as a result of the cancellation.
Thomas said the same race meeting was pencilled in for April 18 next year, and the club would close its season with the No. 1 Club Day on May 3.
‘‘This is just a bump in the road, it’s a great event concept and we hope to go again and have it as part of our schedule for the 2014-2015 race season.’’
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.