Echuca Racing Club has not seen any action for six weeks but there will be racing aplenty at Echuca racecourse today.GEORDIE COWAN June 23, 2014 3:02am
Ten races are scheduled for the Echuca Racing Club’s meet today, starting at 11.35am and the last race to run at 4.45pm.
‘‘We have 159 horses accepted and while we will lose a few through scratchings alone, I expect good fields,’’ ERC chief executive Alex Doble said.
‘‘Our track has had a nice break since our last meet in early May and while we have received a lot of rain this month, like everyone else, we’re very confident it will hold together well.’’
Doble said the recent rain, which has seen almost 100mm fall this month, would not affect today’s meet or the next one in two weeks time, but ‘‘probably the biggest challenge is turning it around for a fortnight after that’’.
‘‘The boys have done a great job getting it where it is,’’ he said.
With a thunderstorm forecast, Doble was not expecting a big crowd, but he was hopeful of attracting many owners to the racecourse.
‘‘Sometimes that’s what these big fields bring,’’ he said.
‘‘Our first race of two-year-olds, most of those haven’t even raced before.
‘‘Horse ownership is a big deal, so that might encourage an extra 100 or 200 owners up the road.’’
District trainers will not have a big impact on the day, with Daryl Archard having Blue Jangles and Chicago Chick running in the first and third races, while John Thomas has Offshore Echo competing in the last race of the day.
‘‘It should be a good day’s country racing and it’s a great opportunity to come out and see the races,’’ Doble said.
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