Finishing touches should fix track
By RODNEY STEVENS
GRAFTON trainer Bruce Swan is crossing his fingers that with the addition of the final component to the Clarence River Jockey Club's (CRJC) all-weather training track will live up to expectations.
"We are hoping that adding the final component will fix the surface," he said.
"We deserve to have a good training facility."
After arriving in Grafton on Monday the component is being added to the StaLok all-weather surface by CRJC staff in co-operation with McLennan Earthmoving and contractors Evergreen Turf.
Swan said once the upgrades totalling nearly $2 million are finished at the club the facility would be almost complete.
"If they put an in equine swimming pool it would be an A-class facility," he said.
"There would be no excuses then ... Grafton should be one of the number one training facilitie as it has been renowned as."
Trainer Phil McLeod hoped the addition of the final material fixes the track surface.
"Track chairman Graeme Green has been doing his best to address the issues of the trainers," he said.
CRJC CEO Dale Thompson said more than 4 tonnes of the carbon-fibre component is being spread around the track and mixed into the surface by workers with power harrows yesterday and today.
"There should be improvements to the track surface once the fibre settles in three to four weeks," he said.
"After that we don't forsee any major problems."