‘Big wet’ cancels race meetings across NSW

Michael Pearce took this stunning photo of the Wellington Race Club grandstand. Photo: Michael Pearce.

Two of the more iconic race meetings on the Racing NSW calendar have fallen by the wayside due to the recent wet weather and subsequent NSW flood crisis

The Adaminaby meeting, which was scheduled for this coming Saturday November 19, has since been postponed, but in a statement made earlier today, the Adaminaby Jockey Club indicated the possibility of hosting their meeting early next year. 

“Unfortunately, due to current weather conditions we are unable to race this Saturday 19th November 2022, so our stables will remain empty,” a club statement read. 

“On a happier note, the Adaminaby Jockey Club are endeavouring to have a conversation with Racing NSW for a potential postponement date. “Watch this Space” and with some luck and fine weather we should be able to race sometime in early 2023 along with our usual November meeting.”

Further south, the township of Moulamein and surrounding areas have suffered through severe flooding, and the Moulamein Race Club has made the early but very difficult decision to abandon their meeting scheduled for December 10. 

“The Moulamein Race Club committee has made the decision to cancel the 2022 Moulamein Races,” A club statement read. 

“We have made the decision with public safety and the Moulamein community at the forefront of our minds. 

“With the ongoing flooding and the ever-changing landscape, we have decided that our race meet cannot proceed in a safe manner. 

“This difficult decision was made in consultation together with the appropriate services and advice we have received regarding road closures, public safety, and access to our racing facility.”

On top of losing the Adaminaby and Moulamein meetings, the Wellington Race Club meeting, which was scheduled for Sunday just gone, was postponed after 26mm of rain on Sunday morning before being transferred to Narromine on Tuesday.

Many communities and country race tracks across the state have been suffering through the NSW flood crisis, and only today photos of Parkes, Wellington, and Orange emerged on social media, which highlighted the current plight of NSW country race tracks. 

With more rain on the horizon, high water tables, and swollen rivers, the situation could only worsen in the coming days and week. 

NSW Country and Picnic Racing will endeavour to keep readers up to date on the ongoing NSW flood crisis and the impact on country racing.