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Annual meeting abandoned

1 January 2018, 3:38 p.m.

Waikouaiti’s annual New Year’s Day meeting was over before it had barely begun.

The opening event was won by the Michael and Matthew Pitman-trained Pipiana and that was the end of the action.

A subsequent track inspection was made and the decision was announced to abandon the fixture.

“Clearly quite a few horses slipped on the turn, there was evidence of half a dozen slip marks,” stipendiary steward Mark Davidson said.

“They had about seven mils of rain yesterday, but I walked the track this morning with some of the jockeys and everyone thought it would be perfect.

“Not everybody will go home happy, but everybody will go home safe.” – NZ Racing Desk.