Lismore hosts Coffs races



CLARENCE River Jockey Club's matinee race meeting, which was to have been run at Coffs Harbour tomorrow, has been switched to Lismore.

The switch was made on Wednesday after stewards inspected the track at Coffs Harbour.

More than 280mm of rain has fallen at Coffs Harbour in the past two weeks and there were fears the meeting might not have gone ahead.

The track at Coffs Harbour is already heavy and if any more rain fell between yesterday and tomorrow morning there was a real doubt that they would not be able to race, chief steward, Bill Fanning, said.

"It is better we make the decision now, switch to Lismore and give everyone plenty of notice," he said.

The only option open to Grafton was to switch to Lismore.

Ballina was out of the equation because of the club's meeting on Sunday, featuring the Two-Year-Old Bracelet.

Lismore Turf Club's secretary, Michael Timbrell, said the club was only too glad to help Grafton.

"The track is a slow six at this stage but with the fine weather we have had the track is quickly improving," Timbrell said.

"If this fine weather continues it will certainly be much better than that by Saturday."

Lismore will also host Grafton's next meeting on Monday, March 26.



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