Track rating for Tuesday's May Racing Carnival opener a heavy eight

BUSY: Warrnambool course manager Daniel Lumsden will play a key role in May Racing Carnival organisation. Picture: Amy Paton
BUSY: Warrnambool course manager Daniel Lumsden will play a key role in May Racing Carnival organisation. Picture: Amy Paton

HEAVY rain in the past week has forced Warrnambool racecourse manager Daniel Lumsden to rate the course proper a heavy eight for Tuesday.

Jumpers in the Brierly Steeplechase will have to contend with a heavy 10 surface.

Lumsden said the surface on both tracks was safe for racing after 48 millimetres of rain had fallen.

“We've had a lot of rain over the last week but it's all safe,” he said on Monday.

“The track is a heavy eight for the first day.

“But I'm hopeful it will improve as the weather is supposed to be better Tuesday,  Wednesday and Thursday.

“The running rail is in the true position for Tuesday and Wednesday but will be out four metres from the 1300 to the 300-metre mark on the final day.”

Lumsden, who is in his fourth year as racecourse manager, said works in the Brierly paddock which have only been finished five months would need some attention after Tuesday as they prepare for the Grand Annual on Thursday.

“We rolled the surface in Brierly after the steeple schools on Sunday,” he said.

“We've did a bit of patching work.

“The surface will be looked at after the Brierly.

“I'm sure we’ll be working on the paddocks on Wednesday to prepare them for the Grand Annual.

“I anticipate the steeple track will still be a heavy 10 for Thursday.”

The Brierly will be run at 2.20pm.

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