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Rain deprives community of cups meeting

Following heavy rain through the week, yesterday's Community Gold Cups meeting at Benalla was abandoned due to the state of the track.

HANNAH DRISCOLL April 14, 2014 3:05am

Benalla Racing Club’s Community Gold Cups Race Day was abandoned yesterday due to the state of the track.

Stewards inspected the track early yesterday morning and reported the areas of particular concern were a section from the 1500m to 1300m and also a section between the 300m and 150m.

‘‘Both of which were significantly softer than the remainder of the track,’’ the stewards report read.

The meeting was called off shortly after 7am.

The track received close to 90mm of rain in the days leading up to the meeting and club general manager Bradley Thomas said heavy dew and no wind overnight Saturday enhanced the issue and proved the tipping point.

‘‘In terms of where we’ve been in the last 12 months, in the last 24 months, the club has come forward in leaps and bounds,’’ Thomas said.

‘‘The hardest part right now is this club in the last three or four years has asked for a lot of support from a lot of people, and the club is continuing to take all the right steps and head in the right direction.

‘‘For a couple of us this is new, but this is a minor hurdle in a very long road in Benalla Racing Club re-establishing itself as a prominent figure in Country Racing Victoria.

‘‘As a club and a committee we’re disappointed with the end result today, but there is no concern about the actions and enthusiasm taken prior to today. You can’t beat Mother Nature.’’

He was expecting a good crowd at yesterday’s event with pre-bookings and bus tickets, and club representatives would assess today how much of a financial hit the club would take.

Thomas said the same meeting would go ahead next year, while its No.1 Club Day would be held at its final meeting for the season on May 3.

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