Tomorrow's Sportsbet-Ballarat turf meeting transferred to synthetic track

Racing Victoria (RV), in consultation with the Ballarat Turf Club (BTC), wishes to advise that the Sportsbet-Ballarat meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Friday 9 October, will be transferred from turf to the synthetic.

The turf track was inspected by RV stewards today with a section past the winning post deemed unsuitable for racing following 20mm of rain in the last 24 hours and significant rainfall over recent weeks.

With rain currently falling in Ballarat and further rain expected this evening and tomorrow, it is unlikely this section of the track will improve and thus the decision to transfer to the synthetic surface was made.

As a result of the transfer there are two distance changes with the updated program below. Field sizes will also be adjusted due to a limit of 12 on the synthetic track.

All scratchings have been reinstated with trainers having until 7:30am tomorrow to scratch their horses. The scratching fee will also be waived.

Sportsbet-Ballarat Synthetic – Friday 9 October

RACE CONDITIONS

DISTANCE

PRIZEMONEY

Maiden Plate

1000m

$23,000

Maiden Plate

1400m

$23,000

4YO Maiden Plate

1400m

$23,000

BM58 Handicap

1400m

$22,000

BM58 Handicap

1200m

$22,000

BM58 Handicap

2100m (was 2000m)

$22,000

BM64Handicap

1500m (was 1600m)

$22,000

The Hotham

1200m

$75,000