Racing at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day

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Flemington, Sandown track updates

Melbourne's weather is certain to serve up wet tracks at Flemington on Saturday and Sandown on Sunday but there are hopes that both can improve out of the Heavy range by race day.

The Flemington track as of early Thursday afternoon was rated a Heavy 9 after it received 35.2 millimetres of rain over the past 48 hours ,while the Sandown track, which is to host both the Australian Hurdle and Steeplechase on Sunday, is a Heavy 9 after further rain on Thursday.

Flemington track manager Liam O'Keefe said that while a few more millimetres of rain could be anticipated over the next few days, he said it won't be of the same strength as recent days.

"It looks like the bulk of the rain has gone through with maybe just a few light showers for the rest of the day before a relatively fine day on Friday," O'Keeffe said.

"We're at a Heavy 9 but we could improve a few ratings points from here on in."

Sandown track manager Tim Bailey said the track was likely to improve its rating if it could enjoy a couple of fair days leading in.

"If we get zero (rain) then we get back to something like a (Soft) 6 but another five millimetres or more and we'll be racing on a Heavy track," Bailey said.

Bailey warned that a section of the jumps track up the hill at Sandown is wetter than the course proper as it does not enjoy the same draining.