The decision to transfer the meetings was made in consultation with the Seymour Racing Club and follows ongoing investigations into the performance of the track surface which raced below expectations at the Club’s last meeting on Tuesday, 10 April.
The poor performance has been linked to a deteriorating condition in the root structure of the Seymour turf, however some soil tests which have been conducted so far have not identified the underlying cause of the deterioration.
RV and the Seymour Racing Club understand and accept the frustration associated with this issue, given that the track walks well and was racing in good condition at the Club’s November and December meetings last year.
RV, in consultation with the Seymour Racing Club, will continue to communicate further updates regarding the condition of the track and the results of the outstanding soil tests once these are known.
In the meantime, RV and the Club have agreed that the track will not return to racing until it has satisfactorily completed suitable gallops and jump outs.
As a result of the transferred meetings, RV has made two distance changes to the Echuca meeting on 10 May and one distance change to the Werribee meeting on 25 May.
At Echuca, the $ 22,000 Maiden Plate will rise in distance from 2000m to 2100m and the $ 22,000 BM58 will return in distance from 2200m to 2100m. At Werribee, the $ 18,000 Fillies & Mares BM58 will rise in distance from 1300m to 1400m.
Nominations for Echuca close at noon on Monday, 7 May and acceptances close at 9:15am the following day (Tuesday, 8 May). While at Werribee, nominations close at noon on Monday, 21 May and acceptances close at 9:15am Wednesday, 23 May.