Incredible scenes on the Gold Coast as the Magic Millions race day is POSTPONED
Incredible scenes on the Gold Coast as the Magic Millions race day is POSTPONED after an overnight flood, leaving pundits and players alike frustrated and angry
- The Magic Millions Saturday race day has been postponed due to downpour on the Gold Coast
- The safety of the jockeys on the “difficult” course is paramount, the stewards said
- Organizers could try to hold races in the coming days if the weather improves
Players were left frustrated after the Magic Millions race day on the Gold Coast was officially postponed after just two races due to persistent rain.
A secret vote by drivers followed, with a majority deciding it was unsafe to continue.
The track was deemed too dangerous after at least 22mm of rain since Friday.
Around 1.40pm local time the stewards officially canceled Queensland’s richest racing day on the calendar.
The serious crash affected the jockeys’ vision, and eight of the ten scheduled races were then sensibly abandoned on the course, which was classified as difficult.
Players were furious after Saturday’s Magic Millions race day on the Gold Coast was officially canceled due to persistent rain
The course was deemed unsuitable for racing by stewards on the Glitter Strip following downpours since Friday
Before the postponement, it was decided by the competing tires to proceed race after race.
But when star jockey James McDonald reported that his mount had skidded on the map in race two while he was on board, Queensland Racing Integrity Commission chief steward Josh Adams stepped in.
“We have asked the riding group (jockeys) to hold a secret ballot to decide whether they want to proceed with the race meeting,” he said.
“It was the riding group’s decision to retire their services.
“The stewards also had a voice and we agreed that the track is not (currently) safe to race.”
The Magic Millions Classic and Magic Millions Guineas are now expected to be played on either Wednesday or Thursday.
When the news filtered through the races at the track was to be suspended, many were unhappy.
Avid player Chris Ivkovic, who flew in from Sydney to see the Magic Millions up close, was shocked by the result.
“My wife and I were looking forward to a magical day,” he told the Daily Mail Australia.
“Unfortunately, it turned into a nothing day.”
Racer enthusiast ‘Nailor’ tweeted: ‘Absolute joke that a meet of this magnitude can be canceled after 12mm of rain…(it’s) ridiculous.’
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