GROWING UP FAST: CRJC track manager Drew Cookson looks over the grass in the main straight of the race track. Photo: Adam Hourigan
GROWING UP FAST: CRJC track manager Drew Cookson looks over the grass in the main straight of the race track. Photo: Adam Hourigan

After all the rain it's still a quality track

THE track is in mint condition for today's 2014/15 season opener at Clarence River Jockey Club.

After heavy downpours forced the cancellation of last Thursday's meeting, it was the track's resilience that saw today's Coffs Harbour meeting switched to Grafton and keep the club on track to host its full book of 25 meetings for the season.

The home straight is picture perfect for the eight-race card after a 50-day recovery from the July Racing Carnival.

"Straight after the carnival, we aerated 300mm deep, which allows water to drain throughout the soil profile," CRJC racecourse manager Drew Cookson explained.

"A section at the 1600 was badly affected (last Thursday), but the rest of the track handled the 75mm of rain terrific. The grass is actually growing, which helps suck the moisture up and with strong winds drying it out, I imagine we'll get between dead and slow range by Monday."

Yesterday afternoon, the track condition was rated a Slow 6.



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