Caulfield races called off because of wind

Strong winds have forced organisers to call off the Bletchingly Stakes meeting at Caulfield after only four races.

Amid northerly winds about 70km/h and gusts up to more than 90km/h on Saturday, jockeys met stewards and a decision was made not to continue with the final five races.

“Winds have been quite extreme,” deputy chairman of stewards Robert Cram said.

“There’s been strong winds, around 70 kilometres (per hour) and been gusting up to 90, towards 100 kilometres an hour.

“The jockeys have been riding under difficult circumstances. The starting stalls were moving around. We had some horses shifting during the races due to high winds. There was an element of danger.

“The jockeys weren’t happy with the situation.”

Under Racing Victoria guidelines, Cram said stewards took an anonymous vote by jockeys who were to compete in the fifth race.

“That took place and the majority of those riders voted that the conditions weren’t safe and not to ride,” he said.

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