Easter Show, Royal Randwick racing, open air cinemas – victims of Easter long weekend weather

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Wet weather made for a dismal Saturday in Sydney. Photo: Brendon Thorne Wet weather made for a dismal Saturday in Sydney. Photo: Brendon Thorne
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Disposable ponchos were the order of the day at a soggy Royal Easter Show on Saturday. Photo: Brendan Esposito

Wet weather made for a dismal Saturday in Sydney. Photo: Brendon Thorne

Wet weather made for a dismal Saturday in Sydney. Photo: Brendon Thorne

Relentless rain caused major disruption to events across Sydney and the state over the long Easter weekend wiping out racing, affecting crowds at the Easter Show and numerous other holiday festivities. Forecasters said 25 mm of rain had fallen by early Saturday afternoon placing it well ahead of some of the worst averages for the whole of Easter.

The first day of The Championships at Royal Randwick was postponed until Monday, costing the industry more than $1 million. It was the first postponement of a Doncaster Mile in its 150-year history. But forecasters say the weather may not be much better then with another front possibly bringing heavy rain and thunderstorms on its way.

But perhaps no one person has been more affected than Australian jockey Corey Brown who will make four flights between Sydney and Singapore in as many nights to contest two races.

After his fruitless arrival in Sydney on Saturday, Brown was due to board a flight on Saturday night to ride at Kanji on Sunday. He will then dash back to Sydney in time for the postponed Championships , but not before an 11th hour sauna session to shed the last bit of weight.

The going on the course was described as “heavy” but there were further concerns about visibility and the safety of racing in misty rain and with mud thrown up by the horses.

Brett de Vine, spokesman for the Australian Turf Club said the postponement presented some problems for catering. Hospitality at ‘Little Sydney’ was to take centre stage with leading venues, China Doll, Chiswick, Icebergs and Gazebo providing fine dining for racegoers.

“There is a big difference between it being called off until Monday and being abandoned,” he said. “That should help in terms of it not being a total write-off. In terms of betting nobody is going to lose any money at all. They will either get a refund or their bets will stand.”

Models Jennifer Hawkins and Kris Smith found their services were no longer required and Myer, sponsors of fashion stakes at the meeting said it had chosen not to participate in the rescheduled race day on Monday but would be back on track for next Saturday’s Championships Day 2.

At the Easter Show, chief operating officer Michael Collins said some 80 per cent of attractions now take place under cover. The showjumping was cancelled for safety reasons but the rodeo was expected to take place he said.

“Of course it is going to cost money as Mum and Dad say: ‘Let’s just stay at home’. But in the wet weather people go into the pavilions. The number one attraction at the Easter Show is the animals and judging  and that will be even more popular along with showbags and shopping.

“People have got their hats on and their Driza-Bones and their ponchos. The Driza-Bone stand will be doing well as well as those selling umbrellas.”

Open air cinema wasn’t a good business to be in.

“Please be advised that tonight’s session (Fifty Shades of Grey on Saturday) has been cancelled due to bad weather” was posted on the website of the Sydney Open-Air Cinema at Castle Hill which launched its program last week. It’s perhaps not surprising it decided to pull the plug. It’s hard to feel amorous when the seat of your denims are damp and with rain dripping down your décolletage.

Organisers said outdoor screenings can go on with intermittent rain but constant precipitation poses a safety risk and screenings are cancelled and patrons asked to re-book another session.

“Not going ahead is a saving in the movie rights but there is the loss of potential beverage and food sales,” said spokeswoman Rachel Cameron.

The main beneficiary of the rain is expected to be conventional cinemas.

Stephen Howard, spokesman for Event Cinemas, said it was a combination of weather and quality of films that drove audiences.

“Furious 7 launched on Thursday and it is the second week of Cinderella and we are already getting some really good feedback,” he said.

“I am confident it will have been a bumper weekend for Event cinemas – bad weather and great productions equals good attendance.”

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