EMPTY TRACK: There was no racing at Thabeban Park on Saturday with rain and inclement weather at the Bundaberg Race Club.
EMPTY TRACK: There was no racing at Thabeban Park on Saturday with rain and inclement weather at the Bundaberg Race Club. Paul Donaldson BUN160716WEATH3

Rain washes out the Haifa Bundy Cup

RACING: The Bundaberg Racing Club is hoping to reschedule races from the Haifa Bundy Cup into another race meet later this year.

On Saturday they were forced to postpone the latest meet after rain fell on the track just before midday.

With the track cleared for racing up until that stage, including in an inspection at 6.30am that morning, President Richard Hayes said the rain ended any chance of racing.

"The wind was drying the track and work had started to go racing," he said.

"Once the rain came Racing Queensland stewards were left with no choice but to cancel racing.

"It was bitterly disappointing for all involved."

With one of the biggest events of the year cruelled by weather the club is now aiming to run the two biggest races of the day at the next race meet.

They are currently in talks with Racing Queensland about including the Lightning Stakes and the Bundaberg Cup in the next meet in September.

"We can normally put one extra race on, to make it six, at another meet," Hayes said.

"Realistically we'll get a decision (from Racing Queensland) by the end of the week about it.

"Then we'll let trainers and race-goers know," he said.

Despite no racing the event was still supported well by the Bundaberg community.

Up to 500 people turned up as they held a phantom indoor meet.

With former Black Cavier trainer Peter Moody at the track as well, Hayes said it was a good day out.

"Peter was great and he chatted to the general public and talked to the local trainers as well," he said.

"A big thanks to everyone who turned up and made it a great day out."

Hayes said people could start booking their tickets to the next event, the Ulton Race Day, which will be held on September 3.



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