That’s heavy going
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.