The remaining eight races of Sunday’s abandoned Scottsville race meeting may be run on Wednesday, according to a press release put out by Gold Circle on Sunday evening which reads as follows:
Sunday 15 April 2018
MEETING MAY BE RE-SCHEDULED WEATHER PERMITTING
The KwaZulu-Natal Stakes (Listed), an important warm-up for sprinting fillies leading into Champions Season, fell foul of the weather a fortnight back.
This happened again on Sunday when the Scottsville meeting was abandoned after the running of the first race when a jockey’s protest of inconsistent going was upheld.
However, in an effort to keep the meeting and run the race, Gold Circle are contemplating moving the eight races lost at Scottsville today to Scottsville, Wednesday, April 18, weather permitting, and moving the Greyville poly meeting scheduled for that Wednesday to Friday night, April 20.
On Sunday, after deliberations in the stipendiary steward’s boardroom, head stipe Shaun Parker called for a track inspection. After a lengthy inspection of both the straight course and the track around the turn, it was decided to call the meeting off.
The official stipendiary stewards report reads: Following the running of the first race, the riders expressed concerns regarding inconsistencies in the heavy underfoot track condition and lodged a protest in terms of the rules.
The panel was formed and having heard all the evidence presented by the trainer and jockey representatives and following a track inspection, it was decided in the interest of safety to abandon the remainder of the race meeting.