Machinery maintenance work is performed on the training track at the Grafton Racecourse.
Machinery maintenance work is performed on the training track at the Grafton Racecourse.

Tractors give track the soft touch

RECENT frosts may be partially to blame for a hard training track at the Grafton Racecourse, director of Pro-Ride Australia Ian Pearse said yesterday.

Mr Pearse, who was in Grafton co-ordinating the repair of the track, said the ‘compaction’ of the track was too high or too dense.

“We are decompacting the track and adding more binder,” he said.

“We are also implementing a new winter maintenance program.

“It looks like it set a bit too hard after some frosts recently.”

Mr Pearse said there were 15 Pro-Ride training tracks in Australia all at locations with slightly different climate concerns.

He urged trainers to give their feedback on the track’s performance to the Clarence River Jockey Club’s management.

“I only found out about this a week and a half ago, had we known about it six weeks ago, when people started to notice problems, we would have done something sooner.”

The current training track was installed in October 2009 after years of major problems and litigation over the previous track.



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