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CAUFIELD RACES AND KYNETON RACES ABANDONED
The torrential rain which hit Melbourne on Friday night has resulted in Saturday's Caulfield race meeting being abandoned.
In addition to the Victorian metropolitan meeting being called off, the scheduled TAB country program at Kyneton was also abandoned.
The Caulfield meeting was lost after 125mm of rain lashed the course in the 24 hours prior to 8am and the track had a heavy 10 rating.
The deluge also resulted in the members grandstand flooded and power being lost to sections of the course.
It is understood that the Melbourne Racing Club would examine the possibility of moving the three feature races programmed for the meeting to Wednesday’s meeting at Betfair Park, San- down.
The three races in question are the $100,000 Chairman's Stakes (1100m) for two-year-olds, a criti- cal lead-up to the Blue Diamond, the $100,000 Manfred Stakes (1200m) for the three-year-olds and the open sprint race, the $100,000 WJ Adams Stakes (1000m).
There may be scope for the New Saturday Age Cup (2000m), an event regarded as a lead-up for the Mornington Cup, to also be absorbed into the midweek card at Sandown.
The loss of the Melbourne meeting means the racing spotlight is on Sydney for the Group 2 Ex- pressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill headlined by star mare Hot Danish and Hobart, where the Group 3 Tasmanian Derby (2200m) will be run.