Caulfield's Saturday meeting transferred to Sunday due to hot weather forecast

Racing Victoria (RV) on Tuesday advised of changes to meeting dates and times at Caulfield, Mornington and Stawell this weekend due to the hot weather forecast for the state on Friday and Saturday.

Following advice from the Bureau of Meteorology that temperatures are expected to reach up to 40 degrees on Saturday RV in consultation with the Melbourne Racing Club has rescheduled Caulfield and Mornington race meetings this weekend.

The Caulfield meeting originally scheduled for Saturday, 6 January will now take place on Sunday, 7 January where the forecast temperature is 20 degrees, and Mornington’s Sunday meeting has been rescheduled to take place on Saturday.

Caulfield will accept on Wednesday at 9.45am and Mornington acceptances have been brought forward to 9.30am tomorrow morning so that they can be included in Saturday race books and other publications.

Although a high is predicted of 35 degrees in Mornington this Saturday, the expected sea breeze and low humidity will create a safe environment for horses and participants to compete.

Mornington race times will be brought forward to avoid the hottest part of the day.

RV will also implement earlier race times at select venues across the state to minimise participant and horse exposure during the hottest part of the day, including Stawell races on Friday, 5 January which will commence two races earlier at 12.30pm and finish at 4pm.

RV will monitor the updated BOM forecasts for Kilmore and Dederang on Saturday overnight and advise of any required movements of these meetings on Wednesday.

If the forecast for Kilmore remains around 40 degrees the meeting will be moved to Monday, 8 January to race with Stony Creek, whilst Dederang will be abandoned as there are no suitable replacement dates this weekend.

All revised meeting dates and race times have been implemented in accordance with RV’s Procedure for Racing in Hot Weather Policy, which is designed to ensure the health and wellbeing of horses and participants is paramount.

RV’s heat policy procedures are enacted at all meetings where hot weather conditions are forecast. Large containers of ice water in mobile containers will be made available at appropriate locations around the racecourse, with horses required in the mounting yard for reduced periods of time.

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