Racegoers in recent days could only dream of dry conditions like Monaco Snub's recent Ipswich win after being ridden by jockey Robbie Fradd.
Racegoers in recent days could only dream of dry conditions like Monaco Snub's recent Ipswich win after being ridden by jockey Robbie Fradd. David Nielsen

BIG WET: Packed sports program to catch up

A WETTER than forecast weekend resulted in the cancellation of some major race meetings in South East Queensland, with only Toowoomba on Saturday night and Sunshine Coast on Sunday able to proceed.

Toowoomba did not receive the volume of rainfall as other coastal centres and most of the rain had passed through by Sunday allowing the Sunshine Coast to proceed with their meeting.

Meetings were called off at Doomben and the Gold Coast on Saturday following the abandonment of the Ipswich's Friday meeting.

The Ipswich race meeting was called off at 7am after 50mm rain had fallen to that point.

This was after noting last week that the previous Friday Ipswich meeting proceeded for the first time in memory after more than 60mm of rain on the previous evening.

The two major differences between these two meetings were that in the previous week, all of the rain came in an hour allowing much of it to run off the surface, and on that previous week, the rain ended at 6pm on the previous evening.

Last Friday rain started soon after midnight and kept falling up to the point of abandonment of the meeting.

As it was, there was a great deal of further rain with a total of 160mm recorded at Bundamba over Friday and Saturday.

The continued rain on Saturday put paid to the scheduled Brisbane and Gold Coast meetings as well.

The result of these rain enforced abandonments is 31 races to be scheduled at this weekend's major meetings on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

An additional two scheduled races for Doomben on Saturday makes 11 there, as well as three more at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.

Tomorrow at Ipswich there are 10 races programmed making for a big day of racing on a Metropolitan Wednesday date.

The Ipswich track was rated a heavy 8 at acceptances time yesterday and good weather would result in an upgrade to the soft range, although there is the forecast possibility of some rain up until raceday.

Smashing win

THE Japanese-red Brave Smash beat a hot field in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday to claim his first Group win of his 20 start career.

Previously the six-year-old entire had won listed races at Tokyo and Moonee Valley after being imported from Japan. Brave Smash has now amassed over $2m in career prizemoney.

A good slice of this prizemoney ($800,000) came from his placing in the inaugural and highly successful The Everest race in the Spring.

Other Group 1 winners on Saturday were Russian Revolution in the Oakleigh Plate and the impressive Written By in the two-year-old Blue Diamond.

Group 1 racing continues this week with the Australian Guineas at Flemington and the Chipping Norton at Randwick to kick off the Sydney Group 1 Autumn Carnival. This Sydney race is the planned return for Australia's champion galloper Winx who is chasing a 22nd consecutive win.

Bayliss thrive despite scare

IPSWICH raised Regan Bayliss didn't collect a Group 1 win this week but went next best with a brilliant frontrunning ride aboard Valiant Spirit in the Group 2 Autumn Classic at Caulfield.

While celebrating the win just past the post there was a minor scare as Valiant Scare hit the running rail and the rider slipped and dislodged his right foot from the iron.

However, both rider and galloper quickly recovered and no damage was done.

Next meeting

Tomorrow is the final February meeting at Ipswich. This is followed by just three meetings in March - Wednesday 7th, Thursday 23rd and Wednesday 28th. There are also only three meetings programmed for April before six in May and three in June, including the Ipswich Cup on June 16.

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