They managed to navigate the worst of last year's COVID-19 pandemic, but not even the seemingly bulletproof Canberra Racing Club has been able to survive the territory's wet winter.
Friday's season-ending meeting on the club's Acton track has been abandoned due to drainage issues, caused by patches of synthetic material breaking down from heavy rainfall.
It's the first time a meeting has been abandoned at Thoroughbred Park since bushfire smoke blanketed the capital in January of 2020.
Since then the club managed to continue staging race meetings despite the significant impediment of not allowing crowds on track, but Canberra's bitter winter has proven a bridge too far.
"It is extremely frustrating for everyone involved. It's most disappointing for our participants, trainers and jockeys lose the opportunity to race for prizemoney which is very disappointing for the club," Canberra Racing Club chief Andrew Clark said.
"The significant rainfall that we've had has been continuous and relentless to the point that it's probably the wettest winter in Canberra since 2016 when the track was initially laid down.
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"We've worked extensively to rectify that drainage but unfortunately time beat us in the end.
"In the short term we are looking to rectify those drains, to open them back up. However we need clear weather to be able to do that."
Friday's cancellation means Keith Dryden and Blaike McDougall have wrapped up the respective trainers and jockeys premierships at Thoroughbred Park. Dryden finishes with 20 wins, six ahead of Matthew Dale, while McDougall rode 30 winners at the track this season.