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Caulfield races to start early, visibility concerns

The Advertiser 2019-07-10 10:40:00

Punters will have an early start and an early finish to Saturday’s Caulfield races after a decision to bring the start the meeting forward to 11.15am.

At the last Caulfield meeting, on June 29, the last race was run at 4.40pm in semi-darkness.

The Melbourne Racing Club and Racing Victoria did not want a repeat of that scenario and brought the races forward so that the last race, which is run at 4.10pm, can be run with good visibility.

A RV spokesman said in order to fit in with the national program, the Caulfield meeting would effectively start and finish one race early. The forecast for Saturday predicts cloudy weather with between 1-3mm of rain, and maximum temperatures of 12 degrees.

Meantime, Dean Yendall rode his first city winner since early March when he was successful on Parmie for Mat Ellerton and Simon Zahra at Sandown Hillside on Wednesday.

The win also gave him his 100th victory for the season.

Yendall was sidelined for three months after he broke his hip in a race fall at Morphettville. He returned to race riding at last month’s Swan Hill carnival.

Zahra said Parmie had a bright future and they could target the spring with the three-year-old filly or bring her back next autumn.

Originally published as Gloomy outlook forces Caulfield time shift