Harness racing meeting called off
BOB McCRAE doesn’t mind the occasional punt but this was one gamble he wasn’t about to take.
The Wide Bay Harness Racing Club president knew he and his committee had no other choice yesterday but to call off tomorrow’s scheduled seven-race trotting meeting at the Maryborough Showgrounds.
This week’s rain had left the track in no fit state to hold the first trotting meeting at the venue since 1995.
McCrae said there was nothing anybody could have done to save the meeting.
“We have had so much rain over the past couple days that its been impossible for any machinery to get out on the track and do the work needed to have it up and running in time,” McCrae said.
“The track was so wet it was like liquid cement – there was simply no way could we have got it (the track) prepared in time.
“It left us with little choice other than to call it off and do it sooner rather than later because we had to let so many people know.
“We had to make a decision before noon for Harness Racing Queensland so they could allocate stewards travelling up from Brisbane for this meeting to other venues this weekend.
“The owners and drivers also needed to know as did the other people such as the caterers, the bookies and of course the public.
“Calling the meeting off is a crying shame, I know, but we did the right thing.
“It would have been very foolish to have done any different given the circumstances.”
While this meeting may have ended before it had even started, McCrae said the ball was already in play to arrange another one.
“We’ll have a meeting with the council and with Damian Raedler, the racing operations manager for Harness Racing Queensland, before the end of the month and work a new date out that suits all parties,” he said.