Race meet moved to June

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

HORSE RAC­ING: The can­cel­la­tion of the Monto Races due toflood­ing from ex-Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie threw a span­ner into week­end plans for many peo­ple.

With only one Monto race meet a year, the com­mit­tee had hoped to put on a bumper event.

Even though the skies had cleared and many roads had opened by the race day on Satur­day, the Monto track was wa­ter­logged.

Monto Race Club sec­re­tary Kerri Wil­liams said the trans­fer to June 17 would be fairly smooth.

“Ev­ery­thing that we had planned for this meet­ing will be trans­ferred ex­actly the same to June 17, ex­cept for the horse nom­i­na­tions which will be re­called and drawn again closer to the date,” Wil­liams said.

“The only rev­enue we had spent was ad­ver­tis­ing, which is some­thing we’ll just have to grin and bear.”

Spon­sors are ex­pected to stay the same, and tro­phies for the race had not been bought.

Wil­liams said she would start re­or­gan­is­ing of­fi­cially in May, but groups in­volved with the races had told her they would hold out for June 17 when she called to can­cel.

How­ever, the move to the dry win­ter pe­riod has its own set of chal­lenges.

Club pres­i­dent Mark Hut­ton said rac­ing in the af­ter­noon would not cause too much trou­ble, but some horses that were lined up to run may have tired by June.

“We won’t know un­til the Tues­day be­fore the races,” Hut­ton said.

Hut­ton’s horse Al’s Briefs was ready to ride last Satur­day, but June could be a dif­fer­ent story.

“He ran well in Eidsvold and came fourth in Bund­aberg so he’s hav­ing a good run, but horses can only race over so long be­fore they have to have a break for a while,” he said.

On the bright side, the af­ter­math of a ma­jor rain event means the race track is ex­pected to be in good con­di­tion by the time of the meet.

“It’ll be ex­cel­lent; even in a fort­night we’d have been able to race again,” Hut­ton said.

Wil­liams agreed with Hut­ton.

“There was no ma­jor dam­age, we just had a bit of run­ning rail that had fallen over, but we’ll clean that up,” she said.

❝ Ev­ery­thing that we had planned for this meet­ing will be trans­ferred ex­actly the same to June 17. — Kerri Wil­liams

PHOTO: AN­NIE PERETS

THEY'RE OFF: Monto's an­nual race day will be moved to June 17, with a pos­si­ble new ros­ter of horses.

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