Halls Gap Cup moved to Ararat

STAWELL - Tuesday's Grampians Halls Gap Cup Bushfire Recovery raceday scheduled to be run at Stawell has now been transferred to NMIT Park in Ararat.

Racing Victoria has announced that the meeting has been transferred due to the state of the Stawell track.

Racing Victoria Manager Racing Operations, Paul Bloodworth, said RV has been consulting with the Stawell Racing Club and a stewards inspection on Wednesday deemed the track not suitable for racing on Tuesday.

"Stawell Racing Club has been managing an area of the track affected by poor drainage which has become worse as the result of the use of recycled water for irrigation," Mr Bloodworth said.

"The ongoing hot, dry and windy conditions experienced in the region in recent weeks and the declining quality of the water available for irrigation has resulted in the club being unable to prepare the track to a safe standard.

"With the safety of all horses and jockeys being of the highest importance, Racing Victoria and the club felt the only decision available was to transfer the meeting.

"Stawell lost its meeting on January 17 due to the bushfires and extreme weather experienced in the region and therefore Racing Victoria and the club have made the decision to transfer the meeting on Tuesday to ensure it proceeds."

The Fire Recovery/Halls Gap Cup Day will proceed as planned at Ararat, with the two clubs working together to deliver the event in aid of those affected by fires in the region last month.

There will be two minor distance changes as a result of the transfer - with two 1300m races becoming 1310m and all other distances remaining the same.

Stawell's next meeting is programmed for Sunday, April 20 and Racing Victoria will be working with the club to bring the track up to standard.

Free entry will still apply for Tuesday.

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