Forecasts are grim for the rest of the week ahead of Saturday’s big cards in Group 1.
Punters may face rain-affected tracks for the big cards in Group 1 at Flemington and Randwick on Saturday.
A low pressure trough through South Australia is heading east and is expected to be the catalyst for widespread precipitation over the next three days from Queensland to Tasmania.
“Heavy rain and severe thunderstorms are en route for much of eastern Australia over the next few days with the first major storm of the season,” Bureau of Meteorologist meteorologist Miriam Bradbury said. .
“Severe thunderstorm warnings are expected with flash flooding as a particular risk.
“Rain and the risk of storms developing today in south-eastern South Australia, Victoria, central New South Wales and southern Queensland, becoming more widespread and intense tomorrow.
“On Thursday, areas of rain and the risk of thunderstorms will move east.
“Precipitation will gradually decrease towards the end of the week as the trough slowly moves offshore.
“Three-day total precipitation of between 40 and 60 millimeters is expected in southern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and eastern Tasmania.”
At Randwick on Saturday, the great Epsom Handicap is one of three Group 1 races with the Metropolitan and Flight Stakes also scheduled.
In Flemington, it’s Turnbull Stakes day.
The nomenclature forecasts up to 25mm of rain in Melbourne on Wednesday, up to an additional 10mm on Thursday with eight and three millimeters possible on Friday and Saturday.
In Sydney, the forecast is brighter with showers increasing on Wednesday where up to 10mm is expected.
There is a risk of showers and thunderstorms Thursday morning with showers continuing through Friday. A maximum of five millimeters is expected over the two days.
Saturday’s Brisbane races take place in Doomben and are expected to be affected by the rain as well.
Forecasts are up to 15mm on Thursday and up to 30mm on Friday in south-eastern Queensland.
Originally published as Heavy rain possible in Sydney and Melbourne ahead of Group 1 race on Saturday