Launch of the next horse racing in Nuwara Eliya conducted by the Royal Turf Club has been postponed to August 20, due to inclement weather.
With further rain predicted over the next ten days in Nuwara Eliya the races cannot begin as scheduled earlier.
“Due to the continuous rain the training track has been closed for six days over the last two weeks severely interfering with the preparation of the horses for the race meeting on August 6,” said CEO of the RTC Wayne Wood.
“The Thoroughbred Auction that was also scheduled to be held will also now take place subsequent to the race meeting on 20th August. We regret any inconvenience caused but the decision has been taken with the welfare of the horses in mind which is our first priority,” said Wood.
Seven races are programmed for the meeting on the August 20, for which just under Rs 2,000,000 in prize money to be distributed. The feature race will be The RTC Breeze up Auction Class 1 Handicap over 1400M.
Entries will close at 10am on Monday August 15.
“The club is eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new set of starting gates, while the new saddling and sampling area will be completed for the races on August 20,” said Wood.
As always spectators are assured of a weekend of fun up in little England, complete with gala fashion shows, musical shows, children’s entertainment, good food, and of course, Racing at the highest level.