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May 10, 2018

Racing returns to Echuca today with an eight-race program.

With Seymour out for the foreseeable future, the road leads back to Echuca.

Echuca Racing Club will host its second replacement meeting of the season today after the Seymour track situation became critical.

Echuca has now hosted five race meetings in the past 61 days, but the club insists the course will be in the best possible condition come race day.

‘‘It’s in fantastic condition,’’ chief executive Leigh Newton said.

‘‘It’s been prepared incredibly well all season, so we have no concerns about the quality of the course.’’

The meeting will be an eight-race card, with local trainers represented in every race.

Continuing with Echuca’s recent run of drawing some of the biggest names in the racing world, Melbourne Cup-winning trainers Darren Weir and Robert Hickmott will have runners.

‘‘It’s fantastic for the event to be continuing to draw talent of this calibre,’’ Newton said.

Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne will be riding in race eight.

As the event was a late transfer, Newton said the club would keep the meeting simple — regular food and betting options will be available.

But the key will be free entry for patrons.

While Echuca gains another meeting, Newton said the situation was unfortunate for Seymour.

‘‘You never want to see a course in that position,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a shame for them, and hopefully work on the course in following months will get it to the quality it needs to be and they will be back racing soon.’’

Today’s meeting starts at 1pm, with the last race on the card at 4.30pm.

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