Earlier start to beat the heat

Moree's Chopper Cup meeting will take flight from 12.35pm on Saturday.

Moree's Chopper Cup meeting will take flight from 12.35pm on Saturday.

HUNTER and North West Racing Association stewards have brought Moree Race Club’s Chopper Cup meeting forward.

HNWRA chief steward, Shane Cullen, said Saturday’s meeting had been brought forward because of early forecast temperatures predicting a 44 degree day.

“That was the prediction earlier this week but that has dropped to 42 now,” Cullen said.

“But we have brought the first forward to 12.35pm with the last at 3.45pm.”

They will also have various provisions in place.

“We have two high pressure iced water coolers and have multiple hose down areas in mounting yard and tie up stalls,” he said.

“We will also have water at the barriers for jockeys and barrier attendants.”

Stewards use a “wet bulb” system to decide on what measures are in place. A reading of 26 ignites a Level  1 “wet bulb” where the water sprays are utilised and where horses are kept out of the mounting yard in shaded areas before jockeys mount up. 

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