Belmont Park's reputation as the country's best winter track is now in dispute after the postponement of yesterday's meeting, the third interruption to the winter-spring program this year.
Perth Racing hopes to salvage the Belmont fixture by running a nine-race card on Wednesday and shifting the eight-race meeting scheduled for that day to Northam on Thursday.
PR and the Northam Race Club have agreed to the deal, provided Sky Channel give the go-ahead.
Yesterday's meeting was called off after talks between WA Jockeys' Association vice-president Shaun Meeres, committee member Peter Knuckey and senior rider Troy Turner and stewards.
The riders had found the track to be "inconsistent" due to waterlogged areas at the 600m, 1000m to 1300m and the crossing at the 1400m, before the start of the first race.
An initial inspection by PR staff at 7.30am rated the track a dead 5 with the rail at 6m, following 15mm of overnight rain.
However, an inspection by deputy chief steward David Hensler and fellow stipe Paul Criddle at 10am, after another 3mm of rain, raised concerns.
"The riders made a decision they did not want to proceed with the meeting," Hensler said.
"Their particular concern is about the 600m.
"It is fine until about five horses off the fence, but they rightly say from the 1000m start there is no guarantee a horse won't be shunted out that far.
"We looked at moving the rail out at the 1400m to get around that spot, but there was no way any other rail movement would avoid those other sections of the track.
"We put it to the riders to run the first race over 1400m, but they had concerns over the inconsistency."
Yesterday's decision cost the industry $2 million in TAB turnover and Perth Racing about $1 million in wagering and sales.
Co-trainer Matt Giadresco said he would seek permission to gallop Lady By Chance on her home track at Bunbury yesterday afternoon after the three-year-old missed two Belmont starts in the past week.
"I just hope the club lets me gallop her on the way home," Giadresco said. "These horses are super fit and need a start.
"They are feeling so well they could hurt themselves unless they can get a race.
"We have come up from Gelorup to have to turn around and drive home.
"Then there are others (trainers) who have come from Albany and Geraldton."
Trainer Gordon Spowart had Karaka Diamond on the road from Geraldton to run in the eighth race and Albany trainer Garry Delane had to turn his float around loaded with his three runners - Insurgency, Fairmile and Solitarian.