Ongoing track issues at Port Macquarie Race Club have forced organisers to move this Sunday's Wauchope Cup race meeting to Kempsey.
Race club president Michael Bowman admitted it was a frustrating decision to make, but safety was paramount and in the end they had little choice.
The after-effects of the March floods are still being felt with the track still wet and recently rated as a soft six or seven.
"It's one of the better days of the year for both clubs; we've always been happy to host but unfortunately (the track) is not up to standard and we wouldn't want to run fields of 10," Mr Bowman said.
"We felt we could start the meeting and then by race four or five jockeys would be blowing up, so it's definitely the right decision and safety is paramount.
"It's frustrating, but Racing NSW are aware of the situation and we've been racing on soft tracks for quite a while now. It's been noticeable that we don't have that root development we require."
The situation is unchanged from the past five years with Mr Bowman admitting they thought the track was starting to improve before the winter months.
"At the moment, the track gets chopped up in wet conditions so as we start to go into winter there's no growth," he said.
"The flooding might have had some effect underneath with the high water table. We have been racing on wet tracks and had three meetings in April and two in May so it was not possible to run a feature program.
"We would have had to put the rail out quite a way, but we don't envisage any issues with the July 3 meeting.
"Things are happening behind the scenes, so we'll bring it to (Racing NSW) attention."
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