Warrnambool races cancelled

Warrnambool races cancelled

RACING officials have called off tomorrow's Super Sunday meeting at Warrnambool racecourse.

Heavy rain sunk the meeting which was to include two feature jumps racing.

A total of 7.6 millimetres of rain in Warrnambool from 9am Friday prompted officials to abandon the meeting, which was to feature the $100,000 Thackeray Steeplechase and the $100,000 Kevin Lafferty Hurdle.

The presence of the two feature jumps races, as well as a maiden hurdle, meant shifting the meeting to another track was impossible.

In a statement posted on its website, Racing Victoria Limited said it would provide opportunities for jumpers accepted for Warrnambool to start at Sandown on Wednesday.

The Thackeray Steeplechase and the Kevin Lafferty Hurdle were part of the J. J. Houlahan Jumps Championship.

"A decision on changes to the (Sandown) program, giving consideration to the legs of the J. J. Houlahan Jumps Championship, will be made by RV tomorrow," the statement said.

Warrnambool Racing Club chief executive John Green said the weekend rain followed 60 millimetres of rain in the past two weeks.

"It's disappointing that we had to abandon the meeting but the stewards had no other option but to make the decision they made," he said.

"The meeting was one of our feature meetings on our racing calendar."