The Championships postponed until Monday due to heavy rain and unsafe surface

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Forced to wait: Zac Purton and Sxcred Falls will have to wait until at least Monday to defend their Doncaster crown. Photo: Anthony Johnson Forced to wait: Zac Purton and Sxcred Falls will have to wait until at least Monday to defend their Doncaster crown. Photo: Anthony Johnson
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Forced to wait: Zac Purton and Sxcred Falls will have to wait until at least Monday to defend their Doncaster crown. Photo: Anthony Johnson

Forced to wait: Zac Purton and Sxcred Falls will have to wait until at least Monday to defend their Doncaster crown. Photo: Anthony Johnson

Sydney weather: Races rained out, lunar eclipse blocked, but the show goes on

Wild weather has forced the opening day of The Championships – Australia’s richest race day in 2015 – to be postponed at Randwick on Saturday forcing a logistical nightmare for officials.

The $10 million program has been transferred to Monday after stewards conducted a course inspection at 9.30am on Saturday morning.

It was deemed the surface would not be safe to race on and plans are now hastily being made to switch the program to Easter Monday.

All general admission and hospitality tickets will be valid with ticketholders also having the option of a refund. Ticketholders to Little Sydney, though, will be refunded as the precinct will be closed on Monday.

“Likely visibility problems and persistent rain forecast for the rest of the day was of too much concern in regard to jockey safety,” Australian Turf Club chief executive officer Darren Pearce said. “We wanted to give today every chance but at the same time give customers and participants as much notice before postponing until Monday.”

The first race on Monday will be brought forward to 11.25am and the last at 5pm owing to the end of daylight savings over the Easter weekend.

“We galloped two horses on it at six o’clock this morning and have had 25 millimetres since and we could not be confident we would get through the meeting,” chief steward Ray Murrihy said.

“The surface was water logged and the radar was horrendous. We might have got through one or two, but to get through 10 races with big fields would have been a miracle so we will wait for Monday.”

Monday’s Warwick Farm card has been moved to Wednesday and the Wednesday program at Warwick Farm has been abandoned.

All scratchings will be reinstated meaning star three-year-olds Sweynesse and Kermadec, elevated into the $3 million Doncaster Mile field after the withdrawl of stablemates It’s Somewhat and Moriarty respectively, will again revert to emergencies.

The Australian Turf Club is now housing the horses engaged in the Country Championships at Sydney stables and it is unclear if international jockeys will return for Monday’s program.

Hong Kong-based jockeys Zac Purton and Joao Moreira were set to be among the star attractions at Randwick, but are likely to ride at Randwick given there is no meeting scheduled in the Asian racing mecca until Tuesday.

Singapore-based hoops Corey Brown and Craig Newitt had also flown into Sydney for the opening day of The Championships.

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