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Air Quality Forces Hawkesbury Postponement
Thursday's racemeeting at Hawkebsury has been postponed, advises racingnsw.com.au. The 8 race card, which was already low on field sizes prior to a number of scratchings, is the latest NSW event to require rescheduling following a similar postponement at Taree on Tuesday. This week in NSW has been punctuated by hot days of hazardous smoke-filled air quality juxtaposed with cooler, reasonable air quality days which allowed Wednesday's Sydney meeting to proceed. Although Tuesday's air quality was also poor, high winds from a southerly blew much of that away by late afternoon. Thursday's pall of smoke is forecast to remain stubbornly in place until at least late evening. The release by Racing NSW said: "In the interest of the safety and welfare of horses and participants the meeting has been postponed."