Wet weather sinks NSW country racing

At least the ducks were enjoying the pools of water at Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Friday. Photo: Murrumbidgee Turf Club Racecourse Manager Mark Hart.

When it rains it pours, and that is certainly the case for NSW country racing participants.

With the first day of summer only days away, trainers, owners and jockeys are still opting for their jumpers and Driza-Bone jackets, with relentless rain and cooler than usual conditions plaguing the state. 

Unfortunately, the ‘big wet’ has forced Racing NSW to postpone and abandon a handful of meetings in just this week alone. 

On Thursday, there was no country racing in NSW, with the country meeting at Narromine, while the provincial meeting at Wyong was abandoned with a race to go. 

On Friday, the Muswellbrook meeting was postponed, and on Saturday Kempsey and Wagga have both been called off early due to the state of their tracks. 

The Coonamble meeting set down for Saturday has been transferred to Gilgandra, but according to Gilgandra club officials, it is currently raining there (Friday evening), and the rain could stop them from racing. 

At this stage, no announcements have been made regarding Grafton (heavy 8) on Sunday, and Sapphire Coast (soft 6) and Taree (heavy 8) for Monday, with all three meetings still going ahead at the time of publication. 

It has been a tough start to the 2021/22 NSW racing season that kicked off on August 1, with the state already losing 14 meetings due to tracks being unsuitable for racing following rain, not to mention to plethora of meetings lost to the Covid-19 pandemic.