Australia: Heavy rain forces Queensland Oaks to be abandoned

Raining At Ascot 2

Over 7cm of rain fell at Eagle Farm forced the meeting to be called off

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

 By Mark Oberhardt/AAP Racing 11:34AM 4 JUN 2016 

Australia: Queensland Oaks day at Eagle Farm in Brisbane was sensationally called off on Saturday after more than 70mm of rain hit the newly laid track in a period of five hours.

Chief steward Alan Reardon said the track had been ready to race when inspected after first light but further rain had made it impossible to go ahead at 9am.

“We worked two horses on it at 6.30am and the track was safe. But when we looked at 9am there were divots with rain filling them up.”

“The forecast was for even more rain and it was not an option to go ahead.

The Brisbane Race Club has reallocated the feature races from the washed out  meeting. The Group 1 Queensland Oaks and the Group 2 QTC Cup will be transferred to the Stradbroke Handicap meeting on Saturday June 11 at Eagle Farm.

The Eagle Farm meeting was to be the first since a 22-month break which saw the track undergo major redevelopment.

 
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