That’s heavy go­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport - by Andrew Aloia andrew. aloia@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

NO one will be lead­ing any horses to wa­ter to­day with rac­ing at Clu­den Park post­poned un­til Thurs­day.

Mon­soonal con­di­tions that lashed the city yes­ter­day, drop­ping more than 100mm, turned heavy track con­di­tions into what could only be de­scribed as a bog by late af­ter­noon.

That was ev­i­dent from the track walk, but ‘‘ Lake Clu­den’’ which formed in the car park of the race­course would have been enough to keep the gates closed.

Fields will re­main the same for the rich nine race meet­ing, worth nearly $ 250,000 with Rac­ing Queens­land last night putting the fin­ish­ing touches on the ad­justed start times.

Townsville Turf club chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Charge was yes­ter­day re­lieved that the early year show­piece event, head­lined by the $ 150,000 Of­fice Choice Pen to Pa­per QTIS 600 Two-Year-Old Place, had been sal­vaged.

But Charge read­ily con­ceded that it’s still far from cer­tainly go­ing ahead.

‘‘ It’s in the hands of the weather gods,’’ he said.

‘‘ There is an el­e­ment of un­cer­tainty still, but all we can do is hope that it clears up in the com­ing days.’’

Not only has the wet weather played havoc with the prepa­ra­tion of horses, it has stopped some of the trav­el­ling stars from reach­ing Townsville.

The Craiglea Stud team, which makes up six of the 16 horses in the 1200m Two-YearOld Plate, were in Rock­hamp­ton yes­ter­day and ex­pected to progress to Bowen by to­day.

With roads cut north of the city, trav­el­ling Cairns favourite Miss Hon­ahlee ( pre­pared by Fred Wieland) could not get through.

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