TWEED River Jockey Club’s seven-race Murwillumbah TAB meeting, scheduled tomorrow, has been abandoned and next Monday’s Lismore TAB meeting is also under serious threat.
That was the situation on the Northern Rivers today after stewards conducted a track inspection at Murwillumbah.
“It’s just too wet here,” TRJC secretary manager Leanne manning said today.
“Tomorrow’s meeting has been abandoned. We had 42mm here last night and 40mm the night before, all up we’ve had 128mm the last seven days.”
The TRJC races again on Tuesday, November 6 when it hosts a five-race non-TAB Melbourne Cup meeting where one of the features is the $6000 Jason Birney Memorial Maiden Plate (1530m) and where every race is restricted to eight starters.
Nominations for that meeting close 11am Wednesday, October 31.
While tomorrow’s Murwillumbah meeting is abandoned next Monday’s Lismore meeting is also in danger of being washed out, reported Lismore Turf Club secretary manager Scott Jones.
“We’ve also been copping it,” Scott Jones said today.
The Northern Rivers is about the only place in NSW not in drought. We’re the only part of the State that doesn’t need rain and its supposed to keep raining here until Wednesday too.
“If we race next week I’d be ultimately surprised. I we are to race then we need it to stop raining Thursday and for the sun to come out but it is forecast for more rain on Sunday as well.”
One shining spot for Lismore, Scott Jones said, is the break through win for local colt At Witz End.
The Owen Glue-trained son of Epaulette won a 1420n maiden at Grafton last Friday.
“He’s a really nice colt, I know Owen was over the moon,” Scott Jones said.
The Lismore trainer had set At Witz End for that race on the big Grafton track and believes the long-striding colt will make a good 2000m horse in due time.
Nominations for next Monday’s Lismore meeting close 11m tomorrow and Scott Jones believes they will be strong given the fact Murwillumbah has been abandoned and a number of other meetings in the Northern Rivers and South East Queensland have been lost over the last few weeks.