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Albury Cup officially abandoned

The Albury Racing Club will get an additional Showcase race day to compensate for the loss of its Cup meeting.

Racing NSW has announced the meeting will be held on April 18 with $240,000 prize money on offer to be paid by the governing body.

“The addition of a Showcase meeting provides the opportunity for a wide range of trainers and owners in the region to race for prize money that would have been paid on Albury Cup Day,” Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys said.

The program features eight races worth $30,000 each.

Racing NSW said it had abandoned plans to reschedule the Albury Gold Cup because of the difficulty in finding a suitable date that did not clash with Group Three races in Melbourne and Sydney over 2000m or upcoming feature races in the Riverina such as the Gundagai Cup and Murrumbidgee Cup at Wagga Wagga.

Last Friday’s Cup meeting was called off when a section of the track at the 800m was judged unsafe with Racing NSW waiting on a final report into the matter before it undertakes work to ensure suitable drainage is in place in the areas affected.

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