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Sunday’s Kilmore Cup was abandoned mid-meeting as jockeys declared a section of the track unsafe for racing.

It was the second year in a row a wet track has affected the running of the Kilmore Cup, with the 2022 cup meeting called off the morning prior due to a rain-affected track.

The last six races of the Kilmore Racing Club meeting were abandoned on Sunday, including the bet365 Kilmore Cup and Paul Egan Memorial race, as several riders raised concerns following race three.

So Distinguished, trained by Tony and Calvin McEvoy, appeared to lose its footing at about the 500-metre mark, prompting jockey Jamie Mott to withdraw the horse from the race.

A group of jockeys inspected the area alongside Racing Victoria stewards and Kilmore Racing Club officials.

As some sections were identified to be softer than others, a decision was made to move the inside rail out by a metre from the 500-metre mark to the 350-metre mark, however following further inspection, jockeys voted to abandon the meeting under Racing Victoria’s raceday track safety inspection procedure.

The official abandonment time was recorded at 3.30pm.

Racing Victoria’s racing operations department will review the upcoming program to determine whether any of the remaining six races can be rescheduled for a later date.

In line with Racing Victoria’s abandoned meeting policy, the connections of any horses due to run in races four to nine will be paid a compensation fee.

A decision regarding the rescheduling of the remaining races is still pending, however course upgrades at Kilmore Racing Club will prevent meetings for the first half of next year. ​