Too hot to trot
Saturday, 30th December, 2017
By Tyler Hannigan
Broken Hill’s harness racing season has been stalled at the gates with tonight’s meeting called off.
The Broken Hill Harness Racing Club (BHHRC) was set for their second race meeting tonight having started last weekend but were forced to call it off due to a lack of nominations.
Local trainer and BHHRC vice president, Tony Camilleri, put it down to a number of factors including the time of year and the conditions.
“The timing of the event and the heat played a part,” Camilleri said.
“The horses travelling up from Mildura, the heat can affect them - they’re not machines.
“A couple of local trainers also took their horses to Mildura this week and it was going to be too much for them to back up.”
Those trainers were Matt Schembri and Anthony Adams with King Of Dreams and Lifeplusten respectively. Both horses won at last weekend’s first Broken Hill meeting.
Last weekend’s meeting was fairly well supported - both in runners and in crowd numbers - with several trainers from Mildura making the trip including Jason McGinty who won two of the five races.
Despite the setback this weekend, Camilleri said that there was no cause for alarm.
“We have enough horses, that’s for sure,” he said.
“It sometimes just depends on the timing and the heat. Maybe we have to look at the schedule of our season.
“It’s unfortunate to have to cancel the meeting but it’s definitely not dire straits.”
Tonight’s meeting will be rescheduled for later in the season, possibly in February.