Royal Turf Club launches next race season on 20th August
Due to the inclement weather, the launch of the forthcoming race season set for 6th August, 2016 has been postponed to 20th August .
The Nuwara Eliya race course has received 103mls of rainfall this month with 45mls this week, while further rain is predicted over the next 10 days
"Due to the continuous rain the training track has been closed for six days over the last two weeks severely interfering with the preparation of the horses for the race meeting on 6th August, 2016", said CEO of the RTC Wayne Wood.
"The Thoroughbred Auction that was also scheduled to be held will also now take place subsequent to the race meeting on 20th August, 2016.
"We regret any inconvenience caused but the decision has been taken with the welfare of the horses in mind which is our first priority" said Wood.
"Seven races are programmed for the meeting on the 20th August , for which just under Rs 2,000,000 in prize money will be distributed. The feature race will be The RTC Auction Class 1 Handicap over 1400M . Entries will close at 10am on Monday 15th August 2016."
"The club is eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new set of starting gates, while the new saddling and sampling area will be completed for the races on the 20th August ", said Wood .
As always spectators are assured of a weekend of fun up in little England, complete with gala fashion shows, musical shows, children's entertainment, good food, and of course, Racing at the Highes Level