Unexpected heavy rains in Nuwara Eliya has compelled Royal Turf Club (RTC) to cancel a racing schedule for September 10 but the racing on September 17 will go ahead as scheduled.

This decision was arrived at after the RTC officials held a meeting with the trainers on August 29.

“These unforeseen weather changes are causing us much grief and the Trainers great concern that they would not be able to have their horses in peak condition to run on 10th September as the track had been closed for gallops as a safety measure. This reduces the fitness of the horses.” said CEO, RTC, Wayne Wood.

“The race dates are scheduled six or more months in advance as we have race meetings scheduled until  May 13 next year,” noted Wood.

Seven races are programmed for the meeting on 17 which will be designated as a “Ladies Day”. Just under Rs 2 million in prize money will be distributed. The feature race will be the Class 1 Handicap over 1600M and entries will close at 10am on Monday September 12.

As always spectators are assured of a weekend of fun in little England complete with gala fashion shows, musical shows, children’s entertainment, good food and of course, ‘Horse Racing at the Highest Level’.