Wa­ter leak leads to Turf­fontein meet­ing be­ing aban­doned

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AFTER the run­ning of the fourth race, the Turf­fontein track man­ager dis­cov­ered wa­ter leak­ing out of the main sprin­kler sup­ply pipe on the out­side of the track at the 650m mark, which was sub­se­quently shut off.

Due to the track be­ing sat­u­rated at this point, the in­side run­ning rail was then moved to zero to af­ford a run­ning width of 5,5m.

The Chief Stipen­di­ary Ste­ward duly con­vened a panel of of­fi­cials, train­ers, jock­eys and the track man­ager to in­spect the track.

Tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the risk of horses run­ning into wet ground at the 650m mark in the next four races which were sprints, the panel de­cided to aban­don the re­main­der of the meet­ing( Races 5 to 9).

This meet­ing could not be moved to the stand-side track as it is un­der­go­ing it’s spring treat­ment. En­tries for The Ladies Stakes (Race 6) will be re­opened and yes­ter­day’s run­ners guar­an­teed a place should they de­clare to run and the Spring Spree Stakes (Race 7) will be car­ried over in its en­tirety to next Satur­day, 8 Septem­ber 2018 at Turf­fontein.

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