Rain-Soaked Rosehill Gardens Leads to Golden Slipper Rescheduling

SYDNEY, Australia —Torrential rains carried on lashing Sydney’s Rosehill Gardens Racecourse today, March 20, the Golden Slipper 2021 competition’s original date. With this event, the scheduled horse racing contest did not push through. 

Australian Turf Club (ATC) officials and Racing New South Wales (Racing NSW) stewards had performed track inspection early in the morning. They deemed the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse unsafe for horse racing. This evaluation resulted in this year’s Golden Slipper meeting’s postponement.

Additionally, the ATC and Racing NSW executives conducted an urgent meeting earlier today. They determined that the Golden Slipper 2021 race would be rescheduled to next Saturday, March 27, 2021. In the history of the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse’s Golden Slipper event, today marks the second time that the world’s richest juvenile horse racing contest has had to be deferred because of wet weather.

The Golden Slipper competition’s organisers switched this event’s original schedule in 1963, from Saturday to Wednesday. Pago Pago was a South Australian colt who was victorious in the Golden Slipper tilt in 1963. Nevertheless, in contemporary times, a mid-week Golden Slipper would not work. It is because wagering via TABS and other betting operators would suffer a considerable downturn, per the news posted online by Australian horse racing information and news website Racenet.

Moreover, for two consecutive years, the Rosehill Gardens grandstands resulted in an empty venue on Golden Slipper Day. Before today’s postponement, horse racing enthusiasts got locked out of the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse merely one year ago as Australia plunged into the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic.

The Golden Slipper 2021’s organisers anticipated over 15,000 horse racing fans for Sydney’s showpiece race day. However, heavy rains prevented the important sporting event from taking place. Peter V’landys affirmed that the Rosehill Gardens event’s postponement was “unfortunate.” He also remarked that its rescheduling was a tough call. 

Nonetheless, the Racing NSW chief executive officer cited that they had made the right decision. Besides the Golden Slipper 2021 race, there are more disruptions to the autumn carnival’s big-horse race program. The Muswellbrook Wild Card competition did not push through as well. Its organisers had to reschedule it because of the continued damp weather in the region. 

Furthermore, the Country Championships Wild Card will now get added to the Muswellbrook meeting on Friday, March 26. This event is the final opportunity to earn a start in the $500,000-Country Championships Final happening on April 10 at the Royal Randwick Racecourse.

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