By Lindy Laird
The Spring meeting at Dargaville Racing Club was called off after Race Three when a soft patch surfaced in what had earlier looked like a perfect track.

Today's meeting got off to a flying start before the event was abandoned, with club president Tim Antonio citing "perfect conditions" before the first race at 12.15pm.

"We always have a wonderful day here at Dargaville and this is shaping up to be another one," Mr Antonio said.

"The track is absolutely perfect today, but we've had a few more horses scratched than we'd like."


However, all racing was scratched at 2pm when the call was made to close the track.
The Fashion in the Field event still got over the line later in the afternoon, while the famed hospitality tents, Foxy's Bar in the old tote shed and The Cowshed Bar in the old cowshed continued to do a roaring trade.

At around 4pm, a club spokeswoman said "the place is beginning to empty out now".