Big Wet Sinks Ōtaki Race Day

The Ōtaki Maori Racing Club meeting scheduled for Saturday (15 October) was abandoned due to heavy rains and ongoing poor weather.

The big wet hitting the North Island has claimed another race meeting.

Saturday’s eight-race card at Ōtaki was canned before a race could be run due to surface water on the track.

Ōtaki is the second meeting in two weeks to be lost due to a wet spring in the North Island.

Waipa Racing Club’s meeting at Te Awamutu was also called off before a race was run on October 2 and Wednesday’s Te Aroha meeting was moved to Ruakaka.

Following the abandonment of the Ōtaki-Maori Racing Club meeting, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) was quick to announce it would look to re-programme as many races from the Ōtaki card but the meeting itself will not be re-run. It will look to add races over the coming weeks as required so racing opportunities are not lost.

​NZTR will work together with the New Zealand Trainers Association and Central Region Programming Committee and more information was likely to be available on Monday.