Racing and Wagering WA postpones Ascot meeting until Monday with extreme heat forecast on Saturday

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Saturday’s Ascot meeting has been postponed.
Camera IconSaturday’s Ascot meeting has been postponed. Credit: WESTERN RACEPIX

Perth’s heatwave has forced Racing and Wagering WA to postpone Saturday’s Ascot meeting until Monday.

With the temperature forecast to again reach 40C, officials made the second scheduling change in a week because of the extreme heat.

The Belmont Park meeting on Wednesday was abandoned.

“From midday on it will be 40 degrees and it will only drop below 38 from 4pm,” RWWA deputy chief steward Harold Taylor said.

“It’s too extreme for the two-year-olds. They’re not conditioned to run in those conditions.”

Monday’s Ascot fixture will feature 11 races, with two added from the cancelled Belmont meeting.

The $100,000 Celebration Of Life Day Trophy (1500m) is the headline race, with the Magic Millions Plate (1100m) also an important lead-up event to the $250,000 Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m) at Pinjarra on February 5.

Trials scheduled for Lark Hill on Monday will now be run on Tuesday.

The $100,000 Mt Barker Sprint (1300m) on Sunday will now take centre stage this weekend and trainer Steve Wolfe is confident The Great One will be hard to beat.

The former Victorian galloper is chasing a hat-trick after wins at Ascot and Pinjarra in the Mandurah Cup (1400m) last start.

“He can’t do any more than he’s doing,” Wolfe told TABradio.

“He’s got an awkward gate, but normally there’s a lot of speed on and I would think it would take a fair horse to beat him, even if the track is a bit firm.

“With the speed on he fights on and he finds a bit.”

The Great One, a winner at five of 16 starts, jumps from barrier 13 for jockey Shaun McGruddy.

Wolfe said Let’sdeal and River Rubicon would also be tough to beat in support races at Mt Barker.

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