Te Awamutu race-meeting abandoned

The Sunday race-meeting at Te Awamutu has been abandoned after problems with horses slipping were identified following the completion of the second event.

In a situation eerily similar to the one that caused the abandonment of racing at Riccarton Park on Saturday, a greasy patch of turf and inconsistent surface between the 800m and 600m mark, as well as on the home bend, has caused the issues.

“Several riders from race two had come and reported their mounts had shifted rounding the bends,” Stipendiary Steward Brady Jones said.

“Particularly between the 800m and 600m but also the bend turning for home.

“We went out and had a look but couldn’t find any real slip marks of note but it was more the inconsistencies in the track that was the main concern.

“After we had inspected the track the general consensus amongst the riders was that there was no confidence in the track surface and that they wouldn’t be able to ride competitively around those bends.

Club officials and representatives from the TAB and New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing will explore opportunities to complete the meeting at a later date. – NZ Racing Desk


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