Heavy overnight rain washed deep ruts into Kilmore Racing Club’s harness track, causing Thursday night’s meeting to be transferred to Melton’s Tabcorp Park.

By Jackson Russell

Kilmore Racing Club’s harness meeting on Thursday night was moved to Tabcorp Park in Melton after heavy overnight rain washed ruts into the track’s bends.

The track’s rain gauge recorded about 100mm at Kilmore Racecourse between Wednesday and Thursday, washing ruts into the track right down to its base.

Kilmore Racing Club chief executive Ben Murphy said he was disappointed to lose the meeting on Thursday, but pleased it could be transferred.

“The pleasing thing for us is that participants still get a chance to run,” he said.

“We were really proactive in getting to Harness Racing Victoria early and giving them enough time to get Melton ready so we can still race.

“We’ll probably have less people in the bistro than we would’ve had but it’s not a major incident.”

Murphy said it would take a few days to repair but Thursday night’s meeting would go ahead.

“Our track manager Chris Snell will work with the other boys and repair that over the next few days,” he said.

“He’s going to get some more material in and rebuild the bends.

“It’s just time and a little bit of material, maybe $500 or $600 of materials. It sounds a lot worse than it actually is.

“We’ll race next Thursday night so the meeting’s not at risk, that’ll go ahead.”
The club suffered the same issue when Kilmore was hit by a torrential downpour on Valentine’s Day.