After Belmont Park racing was abandoned due to a bog track over the weekend the HG Bolton Sprint 2014 has been rescheduled for this Wednesday.
Racing in WA on Saturday was cut short just two races into the meeting after the track went from a Heavy (9) into an untraceable condition due to the wet weather that saw 64mm of rain dumped on the already water logged course leading up to the day.
Along with that more heavy showers fell in the hour before the first race on the card causing a section near the 1300m to be declared unsafe for racing, and other sections of the track to become very soft especially near the 600m mark.
The highlight on the card was to be the $100,000 Listed H.G. Bolton Sprint (1200m) featuring a smart field of short distance specialists including the Grant Williams-trained favourite Celebrity Miss.
The rescheduled black-type runs now on Wednesday, July 30, along with eight other races.
Racing WA stewards and industry reps are set to inspect the Belmont course over the next few days with improvement already evident.
“It’s still a little bit soft, but I’m confident it will be fine for Wednesday,” PR general manager of tracks Cameron Sutherland told The West Australian on Sunday.
However chief steward Brad Lewis still had reservations declaring the area near the 1300m safe.
“We will look at the track with jockeys and trainers on Monday, Tuesday and early Wednesday morning before deciding whether Wednesday proceeds,” Lewis said.
“It’s up in the air at the moment. We’re going to have to put in some strict criteria for Belmont meetings for the rest of the season.”
Last week the HG Bolton Sprint field attracted 12 final acceptors.
By Saturday though there were only 10 left in the mix with connections withdrawing Beaufine Stakes winner Pininci and the Lindsey Smith-trained Modello from the race.
Both of those gallopers however now feature in the updated field with all 12 original hopefuls back in the mix.
Track specialist Celebrity Miss is sure to be installed as favourite in the new HG Bolton Sprint betting markets this week, the More Than Ready five-year-old to be ridden by Perth’s premier hoop William Pike.
She comes off a third to Pininci in the Listed Beaufine Stakes (1000m) from July 12 earning her step up in class and distance here.
The other major players then look to be the Simon Miller-trained Hussonet mare Hussy By Choice (barrier 7) first-up here, Neville Parnham’s Snitzel four-year-old Dominating (barrier five) who has form up to a mile and of course David Harrison’s upset Beaufine winner Pininci out wide in barrier 10 with Glenn Smith to ride.
Also with claims are the likes of Dueton in the outside barrier, Wild Charger in barrier one and stablemate of Pininci Settle Strada who comes via the Belmont Sprint back in late May.
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