The Canberra Racing Club is hopeful Friday's meeting will defy a foreboding rain forecast, and be able to host its well-patronised eight-race card.
Thoroughbred Park was rated a soft 7 as of Thursday afternoon, but predicted rain of up to 45mm for Friday would put the meeting in grave doubt.
Last Sunday's Queanbeyan Cup faced a similar forecast, but managed to escape the worst of the rain and conduct its entire meeting.
Persistent November rain has already wreaked havoc with Canberra's sporting scene, washing out the majority of local cricket fixtures across the Territory in a stuttering start to the season.
Friday's race meeting is the first at Thoroughbred Park since the Canberra Racing Club released its extensive 22-page report into equine welfare.
It offered six recommendations to improve the wellbeing of retired thoroughbreds, two of which require ACT Government support to be ratified - the registration of all throughoubreds through Access Canberra, and the granting of inspector powers to industry professionals.
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"In the process of renegotiating our MOU [Memorandum of Understanding], which we are doing now, those recommendations specifically will be discussed to find the ways and the means that we can look to do those," Canberra Racing Club chief Andrew Clark said.
"We spoke with RSPCA ACT about the inspector powers and they were welcoming of that recommendation. It's all about the common goals at the end of the day, we thought we can work with them and work with the government to find a suitable avenue to implement those recommendations."
"We want to find issues before they come an issue, we want to be proactive in this area."