Tamworth Jockey Club transfers seven-race TAB meeting to Scone following weekend downpour

TAMWORTH Jockey Club (TJC) took some positives out of the negative of having to abandon yesterday's seven-race TAB meeting, which has now been transferred to Scone on Tuesday.

Hunter and North West Racing Association chief steward Shane Cullen confirmed the program had been moved "in its entirety" to the Upper Hunter on February 11.

"We haven't had to change any of the distances of the race, they are all the same," he said.

"But, we are also very happy to have had the rain, too."

While the TJC was disappointed they couldn't race on an extremely heavy surface, it is hoping the rain would help them prepare a perfect surface for the upcoming Country Championship Qualifier on Sunday, March 8.

TJC general manager Mitch Shaw kept a positive frame of mind after the Tamworth track copped 70mm of rain in the past few days.

"It's never good to lose a meeting but the rain is so welcome," he said of a wet weekend in Tamworth and the region.

"Especially with the Country Championships coming up, too.

"I walked the track this morning and cannot believe much it has greened up in just a few days."

TJC track manager Lindsay Bowne also looked "on the bright side" of the wet weather.

"We did need the rain and can now put in a lot of work to have the track perfect for the Country Championships on March 8," he said.

The TJC does race on Tuesday, February 25, with an eight-race TAB meeting. That is a "stand-alone" event, that is, the only NSW race meeting on the day.

"Should be a great day, too," added Shaw.