Goulburn District Racing Club calls off meeting

Racing has been called off for the rest of today at Goulburn District Racing Club. File photo.
Racing has been called off for the rest of today at Goulburn District Racing Club. File photo.

Update Monday 3pm

Goulburn and District Racing Club CEO Robyn Fife has issued a statement apologising to trainers, owners, patrons and jockeys scheduled to participate in today's race meeting.

She said there was no other option but to cancel the meeting once the extent of the water leaking from a burst pipe was discovered.

"With a burst water main flooding part of the track after Race 1, Racing NSW stewards and the race club had no other alternative but to call off the remainder of the meeting," she said.

"The safety of our racing surface is paramount to us as a race club and most importantly to the industry participants who come here to race."

"The water affecting the track was an unforeseen event and only discovered after the running of Race 1. We will work closely with Racing NSW and to have the issue addressed immediately.

“On behalf the club's board of directors we thank those trainers and owners for accepting at today's meeting and look forward to seeing you back at Goulburn in the near future.

“Racing NSW has agreed that any horses which accepted for today's meeting but did not get to race will be able to re-nominate for an upcoming meeting until 4pm on the day prior to final acceptances.”

Monday 1.30pm

A broken pipe near the winning post has forced the abandonment of six races at Goulburn District Racing Club.

Chief executive Robyn Fife said the remainder of the seven-race program was called off after a pump failed, causing a pipe to overflow and flood water over the track.

“The stewards and the jockeys had a look at the track and deemed it too unsafe to resume racing,” she said.

“We had one race completed, which was won by a local trainer (Kurt Goldman), but the day went all downhill from there.”

Ms Fife said the mishap would come at significant cost to the club and trainers but it was out of the race club’s control.

She said Racing NSW might allocate another race meeting date but it was too early to confirm at this stage.

It was the first time a water leak had cancelled a meeting, Ms Fife told The Post.

There was little sign of activity at the racing Club on Monday afternoon.

There was little sign of activity at the racing Club on Monday afternoon.

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