'No gaps' to put Kurow races in

JACQUIE WEBBY
Last updated 05:00 01/01/2014

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The Kurow Jockey Club's annual race meeting, which was abandoned after rain affected the track, will not be rescheduled.

Club president Simon Williamson said there were no gaps in the racing calendar to reschedule the meeting and attendance numbers would be affected.

"The crowds, which are mainly holidaymakers, will have disappeared once the holiday period is over," he said.

"We will just plan ahead for 2014."

Club officials and Racing Integrity Unit stipendiary stewart Jeff McLaughlin inspected the track early on Monday morning and surface water between the 1300-metre and 1000-metre points influenced the final decision.

Mr Williamson said the track would have been perfect, but safety was the key factor in the decision.

"Some of the horses may go down to the Omakau meeting and we are also working through the sponsorship arrangements," he said.

"We made the decision early and as it turned out, with more rain in the afternoon, it was definitely the right one."

Plans to unveil a plaque dedicated to jockey Ashley Mundy, who died after a race fall at the meeting last year, have also been put on hold.

Mr Williamson said Mundy's father had seen the plaque, located near the winning post at the Kurow course, and is very pleased with it.

"We would like to unveil it when the public, trainers and jockeys are here," he said.

"We did place a wreath on the plaque on Monday and will look at having a more formal unveiling at our meeting in 2014."

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- The Timaru Herald

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