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