THOROUGHBRED racing at Hamilton on Tuesday provided plenty of drama with the club luckily getting away with a full day’s action.
The day almost came to a close after the second race, when jockeys reported that two sections of the track at the 800m and 400m marks were a lot wetter than the majority on the track.
They reported that horses were slipping and or dipping as they carved out big clods through those areas, raising concerns about overall safety.
A track inspection with stewards took place and after 20 minutes the consensus was to monitor the situation after race three, where jockeys would steer a course wide of the troubled areas.
With rain also hovering, the uncertainty continued even after that race as some senior riders questioned what may happen to those areas with a heavy downpour.
While racing patterns had horses finishing down the outside rail from then on, the club was able to stage the whole meeting without incident – and even after a heavy shower following race six.
Funnily enough a pre-meeting reading of a Dead4 was lifted to a Good3 before a race was run.
Full story in The Spectator on Thursday, March 13, 2014.