Moonee Valley abandoned after heavy rain

Racing Victoria stewards were forced to call a premature end to Saturday's meeting at Moonee Valley after the track became unsafe for racing.

Persistent rain all day saw the soft seven track downgraded to a heavy eight by 10am, a heavy 10 after race three and by 4pm, stewards – in collaboration with the senior jockeys – decided to abandon the meeting.

"The soil is waterlogged; we've got a lot of surface water," RV's chairman of stewards Robert Cram said.

Moonee Valley was cancelled with four races to go due to constant rain that affected the track. Credit:Racing Photos

"There are three sections of the track that we've got water running across the track and parts of the track are just so waterlogged the horses won't get a good footing.

"Unfortunately we can't progress. Had the rain backed off and stopped we would have been a chance but the track has been deteriorating since race one.

"We've been keeping an eye on it but unfortunately it's reached a stage where it's just not safe to continue on."

The feature listed Carlyon Stakes, where prominent wet-tracker Jungle Edge was favourite to win, was among the final four races that were not run.

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