Stewards to inspect the track again on Wednesday

MORE than 70 millimetres of rain in the last week has cast a doubt over Warrnambool’s race meeting scheduled for Thursday.

Racing Victoria stewards inspected the heavy track on Tuesday morning before indicating they will check the track again on Wednesday morning.

Stewards have already decided a steeplechase to be run through the paddocks will now be contested on the course proper because of a wet section of ground on the steeple track behind the winning post.

Orford trainer Anne McGrath has Mannertone entered for Warrnambool on Thursday.

Orford trainer Anne McGrath has Mannertone entered for Warrnambool on Thursday.

Warrnambool Racing Club racecourse manager Daniel Lumsden said the track had 14 mm of rain, from Monday night to Tuesday morning, and the running rail would be in the true position for the nine-race program.

“We never needed the 14mm of rain overnight,” Lumsden said.

“The stewards said on Tuesday the track was very heavy but safe for racing. We’re watching the weather patterns closely. One weather site said between one to five mm will fall over the next 24 hours but another site forecast from five to 20.

“It’s for sure we don’t need another 20mm of rain on top of what we’ve already had over the last week,” he said.

Apart from the steeplechase, three hurdle races are the other feature events on Thursday’s program.