Violent storm stops races
By ADAM WRATTEN
WILD weather forced officials to abandon yesterday's Murwillumbah race meet early into a busy program.
A storm dumped more than 60mm of rain in less than one hour and cut power to the club, leaving Tweed River Jockey Club officials and chief steward Bill Fanning with little option.
Ironically, the winning horse in the day's first race was named Storm Guard.
Only two races of a seven-race program were run.
Tweed River Jockey Club secretary Simon Quintner said the third race was originally delayed for half an hour because of lightning shortly before the start time of 3.15pm. It was then the heavens opened.
"It just bucketed down, we had 62mm in about one hour and lost power for about 80 minutes."
He said with water on the track and after consultation with the trainers the decision was made to cancel the meeting.
"It was disappointing, especially with a good crowd of between 350 and 400 people at the track," Quintner said.
Last year the club had to cancel its October meeting also because of bad weather. That was one of six meetings in the year.
Quintner said it was "fitting" Storm Guard won the first race, from Olympic Time and favourite La-Tar.
In the other race, Galabiya beat favourite Moonlight Mile and Mrs Cee.
The club's next race day is scheduled for Anzac Day.