With the weather bureau changing its Sydney forecast for the next twenty four hours, Randwick racecourse manager Navesh Ramdhani is hoping to put up a slow rating for Doncaster Day tomorrow.
After initially forecasting more rain for the Sydney area heading into the weekend after the capital was deluged earlier in the week, the bureau has now posted a partly cloudy day for Friday and morning fog and a possible shower for Saturday.
Randwick has received 155 millimetres of rain for the week with only five millimetres overnight and Ramdhani said the track is gradually on the improve after putting up a heavy 8 rating today.
“It’s looking very positive out here at the moment,” Ramdhani said.
“The sun is shining and it made good progress yesterday afternoon and through the night.”
“If it stays like this then we could get further improvement into tomorrow.”
“Weather permitting I think we can get back to slow.”
The prospect of a heavy track tomorrow has been a point of discussion with many trainers saying they may not start if the track is looking to be a bog.
In particular Doncaster Mile favourite More Joyous was in danger of being withdrawn with owner John Singleton saying he would not run his high class mare on a heavy surface.
But with the weather clearing and the track improving, trainer Gai Waterhouse is likely to get her way and start the multiple Group 1 winning mare.
“She should be running,” Waterhouse said.
The Doncaster Mile has already been hit with early scratchings with the Peter Moody trained King’s Rose being withdrawn after connections opted to send her to Hong Kong for the Group 1 US$1.8m QE II Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin next week.
And trainer Jim Conlan scratched Rekindled Interest yesterday because of the prospect of a heavy track while Craig Carmody was forced to withdraw Single after the in form four year old succumbed to a leg injury.