Racing preview for September 8: Lakeside surface proving costly for MRC

Updated: September 7, 2016


Racing authorities will hold an investigation into the safety of the Sandown Lakeside course at Ladbrokes Park (pictured above) with a second meeting called off in less than two months. Yesterday’s meeting was abandoned after three races when jockeys said some horses were losing their footing near the home turn. Racing Victoria and the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) will coordinate an independent investigation into the surface after a meeting was also abandoned on July 20. The next scheduled meeting on the Lakeside track is scheduled for December 7.

Jockeys first alerted Racing Victoria stewards to a problem on the home turn following race 2 after which a 400m section of track was aerated. There were mixed reports following race 3 before jockeys were called before stewards and a secret ballot of riders in race 4 was taken. The vote was 5-4 to abandon the meeting. Champion jockey Damien Oliver said yesterday’s problem was in the same area that caused the July 20 meeting to be called off.

Melbourne Racing Club general manager of racing, Jake Norton, said the club would undertake a thorough investigation of the problem area. Norton said the track looked fine for racing but a strong northerly wind had possibly dried the track out more than anticipated. Trainer Mitchell Beer had scratched his two runners only minutes before the meeting was abandoned at 2.53pm. Beer said it did not matter if it was a country meeting or a city meeting, the most important thing was to get the horses home safely.

“The Melbourne Racing Club takes full responsibility for the issues with the Sandown Lakeside track and we apologise to all participants and punters for the abandonment of the meeting. It is nowhere near the standards we expect. The track is due for a planned break and renovation over the coming months. Through that time a full and thorough investigation will be conducted,” MRC chief executive Brodie Arnhold said. The major Sandown meeting featuring the Zipping Classic in November is run on the Hillside course.


Today’s racing: Ballina (NSW – soft 5), Hawkesbury (NSW – soft 5), Mornington (Vic – good 4), Rockhampton (Qld – good 4), Northam (WA – good 4). Harness racing: Redcliffe (Qld), Penrith (NSW), Mildura (Vic). Greyhound racing: Warragul (Vic), Shepparton (Vic), Maitland (NSW), Warrnambool (Vic), Albion Park (Qld), Sandown Park (Vic), Angle Park (SA), Dapto (NSW), Hobart (Tas), Mandurah (WA).



Confirmed betting (card finalised)

Mornington R1 #1 Motown Lil (win)
Mornington R9 #4 Zambezi Diamond (E/W 1×2)
Hawkesbury R3 #5 Elle Snitz (win)
Hawkesbury R8 #1 Level Eight (win)
Ballina R3 #9 Tickled Pink (win)
Northam R1 #2 Eight Double Eight (win)


Yesterday’s results: (WIN-PLACE-UNPLACED): 4-0-2, +1.0 units; overall record (WIN-PLACE- UNPLACED): 69-12-117, +29.7 units

Sandown R4 #2 Into Orbit (win) ABANDONED
Sandown R6 #1 Demonstrate (win) ABANDONED
Canterbury R4 #10 Invincibella (win) 1st ($2.30)
Canterbury R5 #4 Allez Chival (E/W 1×2) LOSE (U/P)
Doomben R4 #11 Magic Love (win) 1st ($2.20)
Gawler R1 #2 Carson (win) 1st ($2.50)
Gawler R4 #10 Gogo Grace (win) 1st ($2.00)
Belmont R7 #4 Tycoon Target (win) LOSE (U/P)

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to William Hill (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

One Comment

  1. Chris Lacey

    January 19, 2017 at 3:47 am

    Never had any of these problems when they had a group of staff that knew what they were doing and cared about the place…pity someone at the head of racing victoria didn’t finally stand up and lay the blame for these problems squarely at the feet of the people at MRC who created this complete balls up just to save a few dollars…guess that backfired didn’t it!!

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