NSW meetings on weather watch

NSW meetings on weather watchRace clubs along the coast of NSW are on ‘weather watch’ as recent rain across the state threatens several upcoming meetings.

Wyong (Thursday) and Ballina (Friday) are rated heavy (10), and the Bureau of Meteorology has forecast more rain across the eastern seaboard leading up to the weekend.

Wyong Race Club’s CEO, Tony Drew said the track has surface water but the strong wind was helping dry it out.

“But the biggest concern is more rain. We’ve had 195 mils since Saturday and the water table is very high,” Drew said.

“The weather bureau has forecast more heavy rain; if that arrives, then we’re not looking too good.”

Further north, Ballina Jockey Club CEO Sarah Wills reported the Ballina track had received more than 150mls since their race meeting last Saturday.

“The heavy rain came just before the final race which we had to bring forward,” Wills said.

“The weather is presently good and the forecast is OK but it may be a matter of the damage done. The track is a heavy 10 and there is surface water so we can just hope the track improves sufficiently to race on Friday.”

The Murrumbidgee Turf Club has had no such problems leading up to their meeting at Wagga on Friday, with the track currently rated a dead (4) and drying conditions forecast.