Rain forces races to be postponed
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.