Rain forces races to be post­poned

Cambridge Edition - - OUT & ABOUT - TIM RYAN

The weather bomb hit­ting the north­ern part of New Zealand has claimed one of the coun­try’s big­gest race days.

Heavy overnight rain and no sign of a let-up has forced the Auck­land Rac­ing Club to aban­don Satur­day’s meet­ing and resched­ule the Auck­land Cup day pro­gramme to Thurs­day.

A pre-dawn in­spec­tion of the Eller­slie track af­ter over 100mm of rain had fallen, forced of­fi­cials to aban­don the 10-race card which in­cluded three Group I races.

At the start of the week the track was firm, but then then the weather bomb hit the north­ern re­gion.

Overnight Tues­day last week, 72mm of rain sent the track to Dead 6, a rat­ing that it held af­ter a fur­ther 11mm up to Satur­day af­ter­noon.

But the heav­i­est rain ar­rived with the Eller­slie rain gauge show­ing more than 80mm and still ris­ing as of­fi­cials car­ried out their track in­spec­tion at 6am on Satur­day morn­ing

‘‘The meet­ing is off,’’ ARC chief ex­ec­u­tive Cameron Ge­orge said af­ter the track in­spec­tion.

‘‘We’ve now had over 100mm since late yes­ter­day and the fore­cast is for fur­ther rain.

‘‘With that vol­ume the track is start­ing to pool water and among var­i­ous fac­tors, clearly vis­i­bil­ity would be an is­sue out on the track.

‘‘With the fore­cast for to­day it didn’t make sense to hold the meet­ing.

‘‘The plan now is to run the

Heavy rain in Auck­land caused the reschedul­ing of rac­ing at Eller­slie.

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