Caulfield goes from twilight to morning
Wednesday’s scheduled twilight meeting at Caulfield has been transformed by the expected extreme heat with racing now to begin in the morning.
Temperatures of up to 40 degrees are predicted for Melbourne on Wednesday, which has forced Racing Victoria to move the meeting to early in the day as part of its hot weather policy designed to protect horses and participants.
The first race at Caulfield will be at 11am (AEDT), with the final race scheduled for 2:40pm.
The Bairnsdale meeting on Wednesday has also been brought forward, with the eight-race card to start at 12:10pm and finish at 3:50pm.
The weather is also expected to top 40 degrees on Friday but there is no word yet on the future of the Yarra Valley meeting.
The extreme heat expected for south-eastern Australia later this week has also forced the hand of two interstate jurisdictions.
Racing NSW announced on Monday that the Saturday meeting scheduled for Warwick Farm in Sydney’s south will move to Randwick, ‘where there is a more favourable forecast’, while Adelaide has signaled it may lose its Friday meeting due to the heat.
Adelaide could have as many as four days of 40-degree heat leading into Friday’s Morphettville meeting, but Thoroughbred Racing South Australia has already warned the meeting is in danger despite plans for a move to an earlier timeslot.
“TRSA advises that in view of the current forecast weather conditions for Friday, 20 December 2019 at Morphettville, amended race times have been negotiated with Sky Racing to minimise the likely exposure of horses and participants to the peak heat forecast conditions,” TRSA said in a statement.
“TRSA will continue to monitor the forecast weather conditions for the Morphettville precinct and a final decision regarding whether to proceed with the race meeting will be made at 9:00am on Tuesday, 17 December 2019.”
The Morphettville meeting is a twilight fixture designed to cater for parties in the lead-up to Christmas.
Racing NSW announced its change on Monday: “Please be advised that with the very hot temperatures forecast for Western Sydney this Saturday (21st December 2019), the meeting scheduled for Warwick Farm has been transferred to Royal Randwick where there is a more favourable forecast for that day.
“The only change to the program is the Benchmark 88 Handicap, 2110 metres being amended to 2000 metres. Nominations will remain open until 3pm today (Monday).”