17 January 2011 -Harness Racing Victoria advises that the Alabar Echuca Pacing Cup has been rescheduled for Wednesday 9 February after the abandonment of last night’s meeting.
HRV and Echuca Harness Racing Club made the difficult decision to cancel the meeting after an evacuation warning was issued for the area by the State Emergency Service late on Sunday afternoon. HRV CEO Mr John Anderson said, “Previous advice from emergency services, including the SES, as late as Sunday morning indicated that the flood peak would arrive in the early afternoon and cause ‘negligible inundation’. “Despite access to and from the venue being available and the presentation of a track fit for racing, HRV and Echuca HRC took the decision not to proceed once the revised information was made available to us after 3:00pm.
“Whilst losing a meeting such as the Alabar Echuca Pacing Cup is unfortunate and some participants may have been inconvenienced by this decision, HRV asks that everyone spare a thought for all of our racing industry friends and colleagues who have lost property, horses and loved ones during the events of the last week.” The rescheduled Cup on 9 February will be run under the same format and conditions. The race did previously carry a ballot exemption into the Neatline Homes Shepparton Gold Cup. Given the re-allocation of this date subsequent to that event, this will no longer apply. Any trainer with a horse or horses engaged at the cancelled meeting will receive a $100 payment to offset any costs associated attending the meeting prior to its cancellation. All drivers engaged at the cancelled meeting will also receive payment of their driving fees. Due to the flooding of the Charlton township, the St Arnaud @ Charlton meeting scheduled for Wednesday January 19 has been transferred to Maryborough. Flood issues relevant to the Maryborough Club have now passed.