THIS weekend’s double header of Sydney racing will go forward as planned despite record rainfall in the harbour city.
Friday night’s Canterbury card and Saturday’s Group 3 Festival Stakes meet at Rosehill will both go ahead on heavy tracks after 60mm of rain in Sydney in recent days.
The Festival Stakes, which grants the winner a ballot exempt spot in Group 2 $250,000 Villiers at Royal Randwick on Saturday, 15 December is the feature event. The winner of the Villiers in turn gets a ballot exemption spot in the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap.
Joe Pride’s last-start winner Pecans ($3.80) is the narrow favourite ahead of the Chris Waller-trained My Nordic Hero with online bookmaker Sportsbet in the Festival Stakes market.
The Rosehill Gardens course proper was just into the Heavy 8 range on Thursday morning, with at least one upgrade expected ahead of Saturday.
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Friday night’s Canterbury meet is also set to be run on a Heavy 8 after the course was battered with 77mm of rain in 48 hours over Wednesday and Thursday but is also just into the Heavy 8 range.
“The track has drained very well and with some sunshine through Thursday and Friday we would expect good improvement and an upgrade,” Canterbury Park Racecourse Manager Greg Carmody said.