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Hawkesbury called off due to track condition


Stewards were forced to abandon Thursday’s Hawkesbury meeting after just two races due to an unsafe section of the track.

A delegation of jockeys, including senior riders Corey Brown and Chris Munce, and stewards Marc Van Gestel and Jim Walshe inspected the track between the 500 and 400 metres after the Con Karakatsanis-trained Crossulette slipped approaching the home turn in the second event.
Tye Angland eased the mare out of the race after the incident and the $9 chance finished last to the Jack Denham-trained Hot Stash ($6.50) who recorded her second win from as many starts.
Stewards said several jockeys who rode in the race expressed concerns regarding the level of footing of a section of the track from the 600m to the home turn.
They said upon inspection it was found there was evidence of slip marks on the track and wear and tear which was not visible during an earlier inspection of the entire circuit on Thursday.
They deemed the surface was unfit to proceed with racing and the remainder of the program was abandoned.