This years Dargaville Races have been cancelled due to recent track renovations and ongoing wet weather conditions, with the meeting transferred to Ruakaka.
“We’ve renovated part of the track and it’s not quite ready to race on. The grass is just a little bit sparse,” said Dargaville Racing Club president Tim Antonio.
The decision was made final by an official New Zealand track inspector and stipendiary steward, making the clubs next race meet not until November next year.
“It is very disappointing, especially as we were caught short last time. The track looks beautiful from a distance, but it’s just a little bit sparse… there’s not a lot we can do,” said Tim. “Also where you park the trucks, it’s just a bog hole, you wouldn’t want to park a truck there, you’d be towing them all out.”
The Whangarei Racing Club has replaced the Dargaville meeting, with the event happening on the same day, Friday, November 17, 11.30am-5.30pm, at the Ruakaka Race Course, Peter Snell Road.
“If possible, going along and supporting the Whangarei Club on our behalf would be much appreciated,” said Tim.