Flash flooding warnings have been issued for Melbourne, but Flemington track manager Liam O’Keeffe says Melbourne Cup day will probably start on a track rated soft at worst.
The weather bureau has warned Melburnians that up to 30mm of rain could fall in the early hours of Tuesday.
“Falls across central Victoria, including Melbourne, are expected to be between 5 to 15mm, however a band of heavy rain and embedded thunderstorms could result in totals up to 30mm in a 2 to 3-hour period,” the Bureau of Meteorology’s warning read.
O’Keeffe said track staff put 5mm of water on the Flemington circuit on Saturday night while another 3mm of rain fell on the track on Monday morning.
The track manager, who will oversee his first Melbourne Cup course on Tuesday, said falls of 15mm would push the surface down into the soft range for the start of the big Flemington meeting.
“We’re back in that good (4) range and a possible thunderstorm this afternoon but the weather bureau is more confident on five to 15mm rain between midnight tonight and 11am tomorrow,” O’Keeffe said.