Kumara postponed to Monday due to track safety concerns Sat, 07 Jan 2012
The iconic West Coast Kumara Gold Nuggets race meeting scheduled for today has been postponed to Monday due to track safety concerns.
After a spell of fine weather the Kumara track had come up as a Good2, but light rain that fell early today held the risk of the track becoming slippery. Stipendiary stewards Andrew Rae and Jeff McLaughlin inspected the track at 6.30 this morning and then met with club officials. Light rain was falling at the time.
In the opinion of the stewards the track would be unsafe for racing today given the firmness of the surface combined with the light rain. The decision to abandon the meeting and postpone racing to Monday was made at 8am after club officials, while regretting having to postpone their annual meeting, had considered all of their options.
The standard nine or 10-race programme normally carded at Kumara had been increased to 12 races to accommodate horses that had been denied a start at the Reefton meeting scheduled for last Wednesday. That meeting was abandoned after the previous week’s Reefton harness meeting had taken place on a very heavy track.
Any horse already scratched at Kumara will be reinstated and fields as originally carded will remain the same.