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Hawke's Bay Racing Releases Statement

Friday, 25th September 2015

A statement was released yesterday by Hawke's Bay Racing regarding its abandoned Windsor Park Plate meeting at Hastings last weekend, reports theinformant.co.nz. "The abandonment of racing at Hawke's Bay on Windsor Park Plate Day was obviously a disaster for everyone involved in the day. It was certainly not caused by an Act of God and so Hawke's Bay Racing must take its share of the blame. We have full confidence in Richard Fenwick our Track Manager, who gets his preparation absolutely correct 99 times out of a 100. It's not an exact science. Spring weather, especially in an El Nino year, is unpredictable. However, it's very easy to understand irate owners and trainers in this unfortunate (and expensive) situation. HB Racing GM Andrew Castles, with the full support of our Board, has called for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the abandonment. It seems most likely this will be taken in two parts. Firstly, what could the club have done to ensure a safer racing surface, and secondly, were the correct procedures followed by the RIU stipendiary stewards who officiated on the day, and were all possible steps taken before the decision was made to abandon the meeting after Race 3. Clearly these circumstances create mistrust and a lack of confidence in our industry, which we can ill afford.  It's very pleasing to see these matters are being addressed by NZTR as a matter of urgency, with an independent review due by Friday 2nd October. We're now looking forward to the end of this major rain event in Hawke's Bay that has so far dumped 120 mls on the track and allayed fears of an early drought. The forecast is for a much better week leading into Livamol Day on the 3rd October." - Mick Ormond, Chairman Hawke's Bay Racing.

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