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.’’
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