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Adelaide River Cup Racemeeting Unable to Proceed

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FOR the second straight year, the annual Adelaide River Cup racemeeting, scheduled for 3 June, will be unable to proceed at its traditional home due to a significant amount of rain during the wet season, which has rendered the grass track unsafe to race.

After an inspection recently by Thoroughbred Racing NT representatives and club officials, it was decided that the condition of the surface, as well as historic damage caused by feral pigs, would not allow a safe racing surface in just four weeks’ time.

There has been well over 1.7m of rain fall on the track this wet season, and some areas are simply too wet to even get machinery on to mow the grass.

This will be the third time in the last four years that Adelaide River has been unable to race, following on from a Covid-19 halt in 2020 and then the feral pig damage of 12 months ago. However, in positive news for the NT racing industry, the meeting will proceed at Fannie Bay Racecourse, with the same programme, on 3 June.

The majority of horses that would normally race at Adelaide River are trained in Darwin, so the retention of the raceday, so as not to inconvenience horses and participants preparing for the upcoming Darwin Cup Carnival, is crucial.

The Thoroughbred Racing NT Board met last weekend in Alice Springs and the Adelaide River Show Society track issues were on the agenda. It is hoped that TRNT and the club can look at possibly moving the date of the meeting later in 2024 to avoid the wet that has unfortunately affected this year’s renewal.

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