Sydney’s horrible weather has had a flow-on effect to Monday’s Sandown Lakeside meeting in Melbourne.
Persistent rain forced the postponement of the first day of The Championships at Randwick until Monday.
The likes of top jockeys Damien Oliver, Craig Williams and Dwayne Dunn all had books of rides at Sandown on Monday, which required Racing Victoria stewards to release them from their Melbourne obligations.
Acting chief steward Robert Cram said a decision to release the riders to fulfil their Sydney engagements required little consideration.
"It’s just common sense to release the riders for Group I races,” Cram said.
"We don’t mind making the changes. It’s the stakeholders like the trainers that could be upset with the situation.
"If they’ve got D.Oliver or one of those jockeys on their horses, it’s going to be annoying but the situation is unavoidable.”