Wet-week-cancels-Stony-Creek-openerSTONY Creek Racing Club has expressed disappointment after its opening race meet of the season was transferred to Pakenham on Saturday.

After 59 millimetres of rain over two nights last week, racing stewards inspected the track on Friday morning before deeming it unsafe for racing.
Saturday’s scheduled meet at Stony Creek was the club’s only pre-Christmas race meeting, set to attract numerous Christmas parties and functions.
Stony Creek Racing Club CEO, Ralph Gallagher, said the transfer was a huge frustration for all people involved.
“It was extremely disappointing not only for the club, its members and all the people who were planning to come here but even the children who were planning on having their faces painted and playing on the jumping castle,” Mr Gallagher said.
“It was the start of our season and people look forward to these things – whether it’s the staff, club committee, patrons or the people who work on race days.
“After 59mm of rain in two nights there was concern about the safety and ability of the track. The stewards decided it was not suitable for racing and we respect their judgement and their concern for the safety of jockeys and horses.
“We are disappointed but acknowledge that it needed to be done and we understand the reasons why.”
Mr Gallagher praised the response from the Pakenham Racing Club who ensured the disruption would be minimal for patrons who planned an event at Stony Creek.
“Almost all of our hospitality patrons that booked catering to celebrate were able to transfer to Pakenham without any significant inconvenience,” Mr Gallagher said.
“All of them have been particularly generous and most are coming back next year. We pay tribute to Pakenham Racing Club for their generous response and to our caterers and everyone else affected.”
Stony Creek will not be given an additional race day to make up Saturday’s transfer.
“We actually have seven race meetings this season which is two more than we normally have, so we still have six which is one more than normal and we are crossing our fingers that the six will be bumper crowds,” Mr Gallagher said.
Stony Creek will now kick off its season on Saturday, December 28, with the third annual Ladies Day on Monday, January 6.