Drought causing havoc with tracks
Country NSW racecourses are feeling the pinch as the long-running drought continues
to hit farmers and impact on water resources.
So far a meeting in Tamworth has been transferred to Scone and another at Cessnock
to Newcastle, while a Collarenebri meeting was cancelled after the track was deemed
A meeting at Armidale was moved to Moree for similar reasons. “We’re about
300 millimetres under our average rainfall which is about 12 inches for this time of the
year,” Armidale Jockey Club’s Jim Dedes said.
Armidale was scheduled to have a meeting every two weeks during spring but
it is unclear whether any more will go ahead.
“Unless we get some decent rain soon over a period of time we’re going to be doubtful to
race again this year really.” Dedes said.