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THE Moonee Valley Racing Club has today changed the race meeting for this Friday 5th February from a Night meeting to a Twilight meeting.

The change in starting time has arisen from extensive cockatoo damage to cabling connecting lighting on up to half of the 60 plus lighting towers.

A large flock of cockatoos have settled at the Moonee Valley Racecourse over the past week and damage to the majority of lighting towers was identified yesterday afternoon.

An audit of this damage shows that while the lighting is still operational, the wiring is now exposed and any moisture into the high voltage cables could cause the lights to fail.  Rain is forecast for Thursday and Friday.

With this meeting offering prizemoney of $560,000, Moonee Valley has taken the proactive position by eliminating uncertainty and providing the best option for all industry participants by re-scheduling the meeting as a twilight meeting.

The first race will now begin at 4.15pm and the last scheduled for 7.45pm with 30 minute gaps in  between races.  Gates will open at 3pm.  The race programme set for this Friday 5th February 2010 is now as follows:

Race 1      4.15pm      Valley Events Plate

Race 2      4.45pm      Tatts Group Handicap

Race 3      5.15pm      BIG6 Plate

Race 4      5.45pm      Clayton RSL Handicap

Race 5      6.15pm      Simon Wragg & Associates Super Vobis Handicap

Race 6      6.45pm      Sportingbet Handicap

Race 7      7.15pm      Pulse Pharmacy Handicap

Race 8      7.45pm      Legends After The Last

All races will be complete 45 minutes before the sunset time of 8.30pm.

The lighting towers that service the Harness Racing track have not been impacted to the same extent as the lighting towers on the grass track.

All Harness Racing Towers have been inspected and have been passed to allow the Hunter Cup-Farwell to the Valley meeting schedule for Saturday night to proceed without change.

The Moonee Valley Racing Club is engaging Falcons to disperse the flock of over 2000 cockatoos and all light towers will be fully operational prior to the next night meeting on Friday 19th February.



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