Day At The Track

Forbury Park meeting moving to Saturday

12:44 AM 19 Jun 2013 NZST
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Harness Racing New Zealand

HRNZ and the NZRB have moved swiftly to co-ordinate re-jigged plans for South Island race meetings this week surrounding the forecast ‘weather bomb’ that will work its way up the island from this evening.

The abandonment of the Canterbury Racing meeting at Riccarton Park on Saturday, due to weather conditions, has opened up an opportunity for the Forbury Park Trotting Club's meeting to shift on to that date and will no longer be held on Thursday night, as scheduled.

espite the date shift for the Forbury Park meeting there is still a chance the meeting may not go ahead but the move has given it every chance to be run, especially as the southerly storm is forecast to ease through Friday. There still may be travel issues that prevent the meeting from taking place.

he make up of the Forbury Park meeting is a relatively even split between Otago, Southland the Canterbury-based horses so the ability to move horses safely is of paramount importance.

he first race of the Forbury Park Trotting Club's meeting this Saturday is scheduled for 11.40am - the last of 10 races at 4.26pm.

n fairness to all participants a final decision on whether the Forbury Park Trotting Club's meeting will be held will be made by 2.00pm on Friday.

ith no snow forecast for the Marlborough region the club's two-day meeting will continue as scheduled. Trainers are however encouraged to travel as soon as is practicable, given the impending snow forecast for the Canterbury region.

By Andrew MORRIS

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