Racing NSW Stewards advised late Wednesday afternoon that, with the predicted top temperatures of 38 to 39 degrees for Thursday's Hawkesbury and Scone race meetings , Level 2 of the Racing NSW Hot Weather Policy has been invoked. The following processes will be implemented
• Parade’s will be shortened
• Ice water machines located in mounting enclosure and horse stall area
• Misting sprays operating in horse stall areas
• Stewards will be sympathetic to overweight applications for jockeys requiring to re-hydrate
Stewards advise that horses are still required to be on course 90 minutes before the scheduled starting time of each race, to allow time to acclimatise and settle after travelling.
The stewards' also advise that they have received advice from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment that Thursday's air quality for Sydney is predicted to be poor (no other forecasts are available), but not in the very poor or hazardous range.
Racing NSW Stewards will monitor the morning air quality readings for both the Hawkesbury and Scone regions and provide an update in respect to the conditions should they deteriorate or become unsuitable to race in.