No thoroughbred racing in Victoria on Tuesday
There will be no thoroughbred racing in Victoria on Tuesday with the Stony Creek meeting postponed due to poor air quality.
Stony Creek racecourse on Monday was blanketed by smoke from bushfires in the eastern part of the state with the South Gippsland Shire Council advising local residents to remain indoors and limit the amount of time spent outside.
Racing Victoria on Monday afternoon announced Tuesday’s eight-race card has been pushed back another 48 hours to Thursday.
“The decision, made in consultation with the Racing Victoria veterinary department, Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), Australian Trainers Association (ATA) and Victorian Jockeys Association (VJA), is in the best interests of horse and participant welfare,” read the Racing Victoria statement.
“The BOM has this afternoon advised that the poor air quality, which is caused by smoke from the Gippsland fires, is expected to remain tomorrow due to light winds.
“The forecast indicates that the air quality may improve into Thursday due to an increase in winds, however Racing Victoria will continue to monitor the conditions over the next 48 hours to determine the meeting’s suitability to proceed later in the week.”
Racing Victoria also encouraged trainers with horses entered for Stony Creek “to consider nominating and/or accepting for other meetings if they wish to be guaranteed a start this week” given the uncertainty of Thursday’s weather conditions.