Benalla Racing Club’s bad luck with weather continues, with it forced to reschedule tomorrow’s meeting due to the impending downpour.
The twilight Christmas races will instead move to the following Saturday, December 9.
Thunderstorms are expected to affect the north-east of Victoria more than anywhere else in the state, with the forecast deluge beginning tonight and running into tomorrow.
Benalla and Racing Victoria announced the decision to postpone the meet yesterday morning after the Bureau of Meteorology forecast up to 200mm of rain to hit the region.
Racing was scheduled to begin at 3.30pm, with entertainment including jumping castles and live music planned.
But trainers have until noon on Monday to renominate their horses to run on the new date, with the option to also enter at Terang and Wangaratta meetings that are coming up.
The same weather conditions affecting Benalla have caused races in Sale today to be brought forward in the hope of avoiding the worst of the rain.
Poor weather resulted in last year’s Benalla Gold Cup scheduled for September 30 being postponed until March.
Persistent rain during September resulted in the track being unfit for racing, with the distance of the cup also reduced from 2046m to 1600m.
That was due to the new race day clashing with the 2400m Mornington Cup.
But the gold cup returned to its original distance in October with the Archie Alexander-trained Lord Fandango taking out the top gong.
Following the rescheduled meeting, racing will resume at Benalla on January 24.