Torrential rains forced organizers to postpone the Golden Slipper meeting in Rosehill after determining that the track in Western Sydney was unsafe for the race on Saturday.
NSW Racing Chief Steward Marc Van Gestel made the decision to cancel at 6.30am (AEDT) following a track inspection.
All meetings that are part of the Sydney Fall Carnival, including the Randwick Championships, originally scheduled for April 3 and 10, have been postponed for a week.
The final peloton and barrier draw for the Golden Slipper will be postponed until March 27 with the reopening of nominations for all other races.
The carnival will now end a week later, on April 24.
“The postponement of the Golden Slipper reunion is unfortunate, but under the circumstances ATC and Racing NSW believe resetting the carnival a week later is the best overall option for the attendees and the running of the carnival,” said said Peter V ‘, Director of Racing NSW. said Landys.
Rosehill had been hit by nearly 100mm of rain over the past two days, but further rain on Saturday morning made conditions unsafe.
“The track was in great condition but the rain meant it had started to choke in a few places and the forecast as we know is not good,” said Van Gestel.
“With all the rain the track was full and the water has nowhere to go, so unfortunately we have to postpone.”