2015 Hawkesbury Gold Cup Day Abandoned

May 2, 2015

2015 Hawkesbury Gold Cup Day Abandoned

2015 Hawkesbury Gold Cup Day has been postponed as a result of continued inclement weather and dangerous conditions on course.

Ecuador was a leading chance for success in the 2015 Hawkesbury Gold Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Ecuador was a leading chance for success in the 2015 Hawkesbury Gold Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Race 1; the PFD Food Services BM85 (1300m) was contested on time however the track was clearly incapable of supporting a full eight race card and was noticeably cut up following the race.

Outsider Proper Madam unfortunately broke down in during the running of the PFD Food Services BM85 which also played a key role in the decision to abandon today’s card.

Racing NSW Deputy Chairman of Operation Mark van Gestel said that while very unfortunate to have to call off 2015 Hawkesbury Gold Cup Day, safety is paramount and current track conditions can by no means assure that.

“It’s evident there is a number of holes starting to develop there,” van Gestel said.

“Obviously with the rain we had this morning, an addition 11mm and you can see it’s starting to rain again now.

“A number of riders are expressing concern with respect to the footing which is being attributed to their horses.

“At this stage we’re not prepared to continue on as it doesn’t appear to be a condition that is going to be safe for racing.

“We’ve made the decision to postpone and we’ll liaise with the club in respect to the jeopardy of the meeting.”

Major horse racing meets continue at Caulfield, Toowoomba, Belmont and Morphettville this afternoon, highlighted by two Group 1 feature races in South Australia.

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