AUSTRALIA is a strange land.
We experience bushfires and floods at the same time in our vast country.
Right now, flooding has been the cause of great havoc along virtually the entire Queensland coastline and well down into New South Wales.
Loss of greyhound meetings is of little consequence in the overall scheme of things, with lives being lost and people's homes swept away down rivers.
Still, for those professional trainers who derive their living from the sport, it's a setback for sure.
Greyhound meetings cancelled in the past week include Cairns, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Capalaba, Albion Park and Ipswich. This state's only track to race uninterrupted has been Townsville.
The Ipswich track was raceable on Tuesday of this week but the venue's facilities were required as a Red Cross evacuation centre for flood victims.
About 200 people moved into the buildings at the Ipswich Showgrounds.
The greyhound club's restaurant became the meal centre for the temporary residents.
The rains have cleared and there have been some changes to race dates for the next few days.
Today's scheduled twilight race meeting at Ipswich will be run at Albion Park.
Ipswich club had planned to run 23 non-betting qualifying heats of the Vince Curry Memorial Maiden series last Saturday night.
They were washed out and transferred to tomorrow night.
The same fields will stand and the first heat is set for 7 p.m.
The Vince Curry is a four-weeks series.
Ipswich GRC manager Merv Page said there was sufficient time to reprogram the first three rounds and still conduct the $40,000 to the winner final on Thursday night, February 21.
"We will run the heats tomorrow night, then quarter finals on Friday, February 8, semi finals on Friday the 15th then the grand final six nights later," Page explained.
We will run the heats tomorrow night, then quarter finals on Friday, February 8, semi finals on Friday the 15th then the grand final six nights later.
There are some trainers from the Northern Rivers of New South Wales with runners engaged in the Vince Curry heats.
Among them are Andrew Monaghan and Matthew Reid.
Road conditions in their areas will obviously dictate whether they can compete.
This Sunday, there's the normal twilight fixture at Albion Park with an additional meeting to be run at Ipswich.
This is designed to give people the chance to get a start with their greyhounds, which would have raced at Ipswich during this past flood affected week.
Sunday's Ipswich meeting will be a TAB covered card, with the first race at 5.19pm.
The meeting will be telecast on the Sky 2 channel.
And with Rockhampton flooded, there will be an additional race meeting at Ipswich next Wednesday night.
CAPALABA has been in the wars in the past couple of years, mainly due to flood damage to the track and buildings.
The track was closed through most of December and was due to recommence racing last Saturday.
Further heavy rainfall has put that back.
Capalaba track manager Nigel Rugg says it will be at least four weeks before trials and racing can resume there.
Meanwhile, additional meetings programmed at Ipswich help to fill the weekend void left by Capalaba not racing.
RECENT Ipswich Young Guns winner Regal Lauryn has drawn box one for a heat of the group 1 Perth Cup tomorrow night.
The Len Antonio owned Tony Brett trained bitch meets a strong field, which contains two Victorians and five locals.
The Victorians General Destini and Grigorevia Bale are very smart and have drawn boxes four and seven.
Tony Brett has his high profile sprinter Glen Gallon drawn box four in heat five of the Perth Cup.
Judy Wyatt from Atkinson's Dam has Prince Elite drawn box three in heat three.
There are eight heats of the Perth Cup over 530m, with each winner going to the $140,000 to the winner final tomorrow week.
Regal Lauryn races at 9.05pm Queensland time.
Prince Elite's event is at 10.07pm and Glen Gallon is on at 10.52pm.
Australia's best stayer, Miata, lines up in a heat of the group 1 Galaxy over 715m at 10.32pm our time.
CONSIDER THIS: As Noah once said, we are all in the same boat.
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