Last six races abandoned at Luxbet Park

Sunday 23 July 2017

THE last six races of today’s thoroughbred meeting at Luxbet Park Hobart were abandoned due to the state of the track.

Jockeys met with stewards airing safety concerns after the running of the second race.

“Tasracing is disappointed about the outcome of today’s meeting but safety is of paramount importance and there can never be any shortcuts taken where safety is concerned,” said Tasracing CEO Vaughn Lynch.

Office of Racing Integrity chief steward Scott Quill said jockeys had raised their concerns over a section of track in the back straight.

“There was wet section of track between the 900m and the 800m that was the main concern and that has been caused by the inability of the track to cope with the amount of rain that had fallen on the surface in the last 24 hours,” Quill said.

It was a unanimous decision to end the meeting after the second race.

“We agree with the stewards’ decision to abandon the remaining six races as they have deemed it unsafe to race after further consultation with jockeys,” Lynch said.

“We understand this abandonment has inconvenienced the industry as a whole but Tasracing doesn’t believe the track could improve enough in time to reschedule the lost races anytime in the coming week due to forecasted winter conditions.

‘We will schedule additional races at Devonport to compensate for the lost races but we will need to carefully study what races are already programmed in the coming weeks before making any firm decisions.

“This episode further illustrates the need to upgrade the Hobart track and there is a meeting on Tuesday with the industry to further discuss the proposed track upgrade at this venue (Hobart).

The next six thoroughbred meetings will be held on the synthetic in Devonport with the next scheduled meeting at Luxbet Park not until September 10.