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Wednesday’s Ipswich meeting moved - Extreme weather expected

Steve Bennett in Latest News 12 Feb 2018
  • Heatwave conditions see the Ipswich meeting moved
Ipswich meeting re-scheduled

 Wednesday’s Ipswich meeting has been moved due to the forecast of extreme hot weather.

The mid-week meeting has been re-scheduled to run on Friday. Racing Queensland CEO Elliot Forbes said the decision was reached in consultation with the Ipswich Turf Club, Australian Trainer’s Association, Sky Channel and the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission.  

Temperatures around 40 degrees are being forecast for Wednesday in the Ipswich area which has led to the meeting being moved to Friday.

Friday’s weather, while still expected to be on the hot side of things, should be a little more tolerable with a top temperature of 35 degrees being forecast.

Bearing this in mind, Friday’s re-scheduled meeting will commence at 10am with the last race expected to jump at 2.12pm. Mr Forbes said this timeframe will ensure there are no clashes with the Sunshine Coast’s meeting which will run on Friday night. 

Chief steward Allan Reardon said the safety of horses and jockeys was the main issue and stewards have a set policy that monitors hot weather. 

The recent heatwave has not affected conditions in the far north. While summer conditions remain very warm to hot, Tuesday’s meeting in Townsville has not been affected and will go ahead as scheduled.

However, Thursday’s meeting set down for Gatton has also come under review and a decision on whether it goes ahead is expected to be made sometime on Tuesday.

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