No racing at Holbrook but still plenty of action off the course

WET weather has claimed another Southern District Cup meeting with today’s Holbrook Cup meeting postponed after the track was deemed unsafe for racing.

The club will still press ahead with a phantom meeting to coincide with the opening day of The Championships at Randwick.

There will be free entry with TAB and bookmaker facilities still available, along with fashions on the field.

Holbrook Racing Club secretary Phoebe Gulliver hoped the majority of the 2000-strong crowd that was expected still attends the day.

“There is no reason not to still come along. Even with that bit of rain, it’s a good excuse for farmers to come along,” she said.

“We’ve got full TAB facilities, big screen for the Sydney races, bookmakers, full bar and fashions on the field.

“It should still be a really good day, it’s just a pity the actual races are off.”

Last Saturday, the Hillston Cup meeting was postponed due to the wet weather.

The Murrumbidgee Turf Club’s opening day of the Wagga Gold Cup carnival is not in any danger.

The track was rated a heavy 9 yesterday morning and was expected to improve with the drying weather.

It will be the first race meeting on the course proper after drainage works were carried out in January and February.