Vaal meeting abandoned

Vaal meeting abandoned

Thursday’s race meeting at the Vaal Racecourse has been abandoned due to an uneven and inconsistent track.

The first three races on the card were run before it was decided that the turf was unsafe.

This follows the moving of several scheduled Vaal Classic track meetings to the Turffontein Inside track in the closing weeks of September. A late cold spell and accompanying black frost had set back the track renewal programme.

However, on Tuesday, October 2, a track inspection was carried out by officials of racing operator Phumelela, stipes and jockey representatives and it was unanimously agreed that the track had recovered well enough for racing to go ahead.

Horses were galloped from the 1600m mark and the track was found to be in racing condition.

Trainer Candice Dawson won two of the three races that were contested, with 5-4 favourite Vardo in the first and 4-1 shot Captain’s Princess in the third. Craig Zackey and Gavin Lerena were the respective riders.

Race 2 went the way of Mr Flood (9-1) from the Lucky Houdalakis stable with Karl Zechner in the irons. Mardi Gras, the 14-10 favourite trained by Johan Janse van Vuuren and ridden by Lerena, was well beaten into second place, 2.70 lengths back.

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