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Cruel blow for trots

Saturday, 17th March, 2012

BAD NEWS: Alan Ronnie and Paul Evans inspect the Memorial Paceway track yesterday. The night’s racing was later cancelled. BAD NEWS: Alan Ronnie and Paul Evans inspect the Memorial Paceway track yesterday. The night’s racing was later cancelled.

While hopes remain high for the running of today’s St Pat’s races, yesterday’s downpour put paid to harness racing’s biggest night of the year.

Last night’s trots meeting, which was set to be screened across Australia on Sky Racing, was cancelled due to poor track conditions.

“The decision was made between us and the senior steward from Sydney, Bill Cable,” said BH Harness Racing Club Vice President, Tony Camilleri.

“The track conditions were just too wet and too unsafe.”

The cancellation cost the club valuable nation-wide exposure and deprived locals and visiting patrons of the chance to enjoy a harness meeting during the St Pat’s weekend of racing.

The meeting is particularly popular with families due to the annual giveaway of bicycles by Carbine Chemicals’ Rocky Baker.

This year 24 bikes were to be given away to children but Mr Camilleri said they were now “in limbo” until the next meeting.

Mr Camilleri said the club would now work with all parties involved in last night’s meeting to have the races rescheduled.

“We’re going to go back now and talk with Sky Racing and see if there is a slot in the next week or two, possibly for a Sunday twilight meeting,” he said.

“But we were out to impress people from Sydney and there would have been a lot of hype coming out of the town.

“A lot of people are disappointed and I guess a bit disillusioned, but at the end of the day the safety of the horse and the driver have to come first.”

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