New date floated for washed out Injune Cup
RACING: Injune's only annual race meeting was canned hours before punters arrived at Possum Park after an unprecedented amount of rain made the track dangerous.
While organisers were hopeful to avoid postponing the meeting if they could, the safety of jockeys and horses was paramount for both the club and Racing Queensland.
"I spoke to the club on race day, and they'd already had a little bit of rain early in the morning, but it ended up staying around and unfortunately the weather didn't hold up,” Racing Queensland steward Emily Barron said.
"We ended up abandoning the meeting on Saturday due to the track conditions and the weather.
"Unfortunately it was unsuitable to race on, and would have put people at risk for safety.”
A phantom meeting was held in place of the regular race, with bookies and festivities still on hand for a social outing.
Although a meeting without horses is rare, the occasion was not a first for the small club. Another phantom meeting was held in Injune when racing was washed out on a similar occasion in the days when the club was still racing in November.
The idea of staging a make-good cup day has been floated, with mixed opinions on the option.
"We have been offered a new date of June 29, which is only two weeks away,” Injune Race Club president Keith Chandler said.
"But we will have to have a committee meeting about that to make a decision, as some are in favour, but not all. That date is only a possibility at this stage.”