One of Australia's most iconic outback race meetings has been cancelled, as drought conditions worsen across the Northern Territory.
Organisers have confirmed the Brunette Downs races in the Barkly region will not go ahead this year, which is only the third time the race has been cancelled since it began in 1910.
The decision comes as de-stocking continues on many local stations, following one of the worst wet seasons on record for the region.
A.B.C. Amateur Race Club secretary Linda Blackwood said the committee felt they had little choice but to cancel the much-loved event given the challenging conditions.
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Article written by: Carmen Brown