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To avoid the hottest part of the day, Racing Victoria launched the race start meeting at Echuca on Friday.
With temperatures expected to peak at 41 degrees Friday afternoon, RV has pushed the start of the meeting to 11:10 a.m. with the final race set to take place at 2:20 p.m.
The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts temperatures in the area will reach above 40 degrees between 3 and 4 pm.
With that in mind, RV decided to move the meeting forward for the safety and health of horses and jockeys.
RV will continue to monitor the situation and liaise with the BOM to make a final decision on whether the meeting will proceed on Thursday.
Meetings are also scheduled for Friday in the seaside towns of Warrnambool and The Valley at night.
At this stage, the Valley meeting will go ahead as scheduled, with the BOM predicting a cool change from around 5pm with temperatures being set to below 30 degrees around 7pm.
Acceptance for all three meetings will be done on Wednesday.
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