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Slippery track upsets Pacing Cup lead-up

Heavy rain halted the Gloucester Park meeting after three races tonight and stewards hope remaining events can be run on Sunday afternoon.

A scheduled 10-event program could not go ahead when the mobile barrier failed to gain traction in slippery conditions.

“We’re aiming to run the last seven races at Gloucester Park on Sunday afternoon,” chief steward Brad Lewis said.

“A final decision will be made after we know if Gloucester Park events can be slotted between Sunday races already programmed Australia-wide for TAB coverage.”

A field headed by star pacer Chicago Bull went on to the track in the rain for last night’s $25,000 Pat Cranley Memorial.

The mobile barrier could not accelerate to starting speed before the runners formed a starting line.

Pacers were returned to the stalls area and stewards retested the barrier 40 minutes later, but it slid sideways at race start speed.

The Cranley Memorial is a key lead-up to next Friday night’s $300,000 Fremantle Pacing Cup.

Young reinsman Stuart McDonald is booked to replace the suspended Gary Hall Jr as Chicago Bull’s Cranley Memorial driver.

“It’s an anti-climax tonight to have the race delayed,” McDonald said. “Let’s hope it can go ahead later in the weekend.”

Gotta Go Gabbana was an odds-on favourite for the $50,000 Norms Daughter Classic, scheduled 30 minutes after the Cranley Memorial.

“She’s at her best and we hope this race is still run,” part-owner Colin Belton said.

Last night’s winners were Copy N Pace ($2.70), Euphoric Moment ($13.40) and Tyler Brett ($55.80).

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