Meeting to go ahead at Warrnambool despite week of heavy rain

Confident: Warrnambool Racecourse manager Daniel Lumsden says he believes Thursday meeting will go ahead despite heavy rains this week. Picture: Morgan Hancock
Confident: Warrnambool Racecourse manager Daniel Lumsden says he believes Thursday meeting will go ahead despite heavy rains this week. Picture: Morgan Hancock

Warrnambool Racing Club racecourse manager Daniel Lumsden is confident the nine-race program scheduled for Thursday, will go ahead after more then 80 millimetres of rain has fallen at the course over the last 10 days.

Racing Victoria stewards inspected the Warrnambool track three times over the past two days before giving the thumbs up for the meeting.

“I would say the worst part of the weather is behind us going by the weather bureau,” Lumsden said.

“The forecast for Thursday is no rain. We’ve rated the track a heavy 10, but it’ll be safe for racing. The stewards are happy with the track.”

Four jumps races are set down for decision on the day  with a restricted steeplechase the  main race on the card.

A wet section on the steeple track behind the winning post has forced stewards to transfer the steeplechase to the course proper. 

Warrnambool trainer Patrick Ryan saddles up I’ll’ava’alf and John Monash in the steeplechase and rates both horses strong hopes in the eleven horse field.

“Both my horses like wet tracks,” Ryan said.

“We’re going to get conditions to suit. I would say the best thing for my two horses is they are running on their home track. They don’t like being floated to other tracks across the state.”

The first race is set to start at 12.40pm while the last race is scheduled to begin at 5.00pm.