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Rain forces Golden Slipper postponement

The Golden Slipper meeting has been called off after an early-morning track inspection of a water-logged Rosehill racecourse.

Officials said heavy overnight rain in Sydney with the forecast of more to come made it impossible for the world’s richest race for two-year-olds to be run.

Racing NSW chief steward Marc Van Gestel walked the racetrack on Saturday morning before deciding to postpone the day’s racing.

“In the circumstances the track can’t cope with any more rain, it’s full now,” Van Gestel told Sky Sports radio.

“We think in the circumstances we wouldn’t be in a position to proceed so we’ve had to make the unfortunate decision to postpone.

“Given the forecast for today and the way the morning has unfolded we’re just not in a position to proceed.”

A decision on when the Golden Slipper meeting will be run will be made after a meeting between the Australian Turf Club and Racing NSW officials.

“We certainly have several contingencies in place in terms of how we proceed forward,” Van Gestel said.

The meeting’s fate was sealed when Rosehill received 25mm of overnight rain, taking the weekly total to almost 120mm.

Golden Slipper day ranks among one of the best race meetings on the Australian turf calendar with five Group One races decided.

Victorian-trained colt Profiteer held favouritism for the Slipper after a faultless lead-in that included two wins and a close second from three starts.

Besides the Slipper, a highly anticipated clash between outstanding English middle-distance galloper Addeybb and Caulfield Cup winner Verry Elleegant promised to be a highlight.

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