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apollo stakes meeting postponed until monday

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apollo stakes meeting postponed until monday

racing nsw stewards have moved randwick's apollo stakes meeting from urday to monday because the heatwave conditions.

after representation from leading stables, stewards decided it was better to move the meeting rather than risk horse and rider safety in the heat on urday.

comeback delayed: winx after track work at rosehill gardens in sydney this week.
comeback delayed: winx after track work at rosehill gardens in sydney this week. p o: janie barrett

with many of the leading contenders for the autumn carnival and the championships starting their paign, including the world's best turf horse winx, the meeting had to be run.

jockeys and trainers were committed to a provincial meeting at wyong on sunday, so monday was the first possible date the apollo meeting could be run.

"we have been in communication with the bureau of meteorology, who were extremely helpful with providing the most up to date and accurate predictions as to the likely conditions tomorrow."

mr peter v'landys added: "racing nsw and the atc believed that animal welfare and the welfare of the participants should be the only consideration when making this decision."

atc chief executive, mr darren pearce said: "the atc want to ensure that horses' preparation for the autumn carnival are not affected and, accordingly, the meeting will be programmed for monday, 13 february 2017.