All Eyes On How Canterbury Handles Rain

By: Ryan Clark
November 25th, 2011

How Canterbury Racecourse copes with the consistent deluge of rain over the next 24 hours is likely to be a major focus for key stakeholders in the synthetic track debate.

Canterbury is widely considered to be the best wet track circuit in the state and the facility best equipped with handling large amounts of water.

Were the rain to prove too much for the course tomorrow then there would be a huge case to be made by those supporting the construction of an all weather circuit in Sydney.

Should Canterbury cope though and provide a fair surface on Saturday then perhaps that debate may lose steam.

A whopping 64mm of rain fell there over the last two days and as of last night it was rated a Heavy 9.

With more rain falling throughout today though it’s likely to get even worse as meetings are cancelled across the state.

Already Hawkesbury and Wyong have been abandoned with Orange Race Club forced to postpone until Monday.

It all then relies on Canterbury and Australian turf Club manager Lindsay Murphy says he’s confident racing will go ahead.

“It is a little better today than it was yesterday because the water has moved through the profile of the track,” he said.

“The forecast for (today) is not good, we had isolated showers (yesterday) but the forecast is for rain periods again so hopefully that doesn’t eventuate. We will cope with it, it just depends how much and when it falls.”

Chief Executive of the ATC Darren Pearce says they are fortunate this weekend’s metro meet happened to be scheduled at Canterbury over Warwick Farm, Rosehill or Randwick.

“We are probably lucky in how the programming has worked out because some of our other tracks may not have been able to cope with this much rain,” Pearce said.

“Canterbury has tremendous drainage and tends to stand up to the weather better than most tracks in Sydney.”

The call for an all weather surface in Sydney has been growing stronger over recent months with supporters pointing to the success the Geelong synthetic track in Melbourne.

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