ON THE JOB: Plumber Fred Hay gets to work on the cracked irrigation pipe at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club that has forced the postponement of today’s race meeting. Picture: Alastair Brook
THE race meeting scheduled for Murrumbidgee Turf Club today will not go ahead due to a burst water pipe.
An inspection of the “Riverside” track this morning found a 15-metre by seven-metre section of the track that was deemed unsafe to race on.
The problem was due to a cracked irrigation pipe that resulted in surface water on the track near the 1000-metre mark.
MTC officials came across the problem just after 4am this morning but the track had already been damaged.
MTC chief executive Scott Sanbrook explained that it was an unfortunate problem that could not be avoided.
“It looks as though one of the pipes has a crack in it, which happens from time to time,” Sanbrook said this morning.
“You never know when it’s going to happen and it’s happened on the morning of a race day to an area that we need to race on.
“It’s shocking timing and totally unforeseen.”
The pipe is believed to have burst at some stage over night.
Sanbrook expects the track to be repaired today and ready to race on Thursday, should Racing NSW give permission to move the meeting.
“It will all dry pretty quickly,” Sanbrook said.
“There is a very small section of the track damaged by it, it’s lifted the turf slightly.
“But Mark (Hart) is confident it will be right to race on by Thursday.”
The MTC is now waiting to hear back from Racing NSW to see if the meeting can be moved tolater this week.
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