JOCKEY concerns about the safety of the racing surface forced an early end to a Ballarat race meeting this afternoon.
Jockeys voted not to ride after Navajo Run, ridden by Chris Symons, slipped after crossing the finish line in the third race.
This left stewards in charge of the Ballarat Turf Club meeting no choice but to abandon the program with six races still to be run.
The section of track causing concern was scarified after jockeys raised the issue with stewards.
However, an inspection after the work failed to allay the jockeys' concerns.
This was the second time for the day the track had come under scrutiny.
A section on the home turn was also scarified after Katelyn Mallyon reported her mount Gobal Assault had slipped in the opening race.
Head steward Corey Waller told jockeys during an track inspection that scarifying of the home turn had enabled horses to get into the ground - improving their grip.
However, a majority of jockeys were not comfortable with the prospect of riding on.
BTC chief executive Lachlan McKenzie was disappointed with the outcome.
He said the problem was a consequence of the prominence of the shallow rooted poa grass in the racing surface.
Ironically, this is a major reason behind a $1.3m reconstruction of the track later this year.
The project will include the replacement of eight hectares of turf that has become infested with the poa grass.
The new turf has been specifically selected to deal with Ballarat's climate - particularly during the winter months.
The upgrade will begin after the Ballarat Cup on November 24, with racing expected to resume in May next year.