Thursday, April 26, 2018
Following the re-surveying of the Tara Raceway track earlier this week by local surveying firm Alexander Symonds, 500 cubic metres of sand will have been distributed on the track by tomorrow night.
Speaking at the track on Wednesday, Tara Raceway track work supervisor, Tim Manterfield, said around the bends there would be a crossfall of 10% and in the front and back straights a crossfall of 4%.
Racing is scheduled to resume on Sunday, May 13 with heats of the Trackside Meats Feature Grade Five (512 m) but as Manterfield pointed out there was much to be done on the track before then.
“The 512 metre, 600 metre and 732 metre boxes will all require to be lifted and concrete slabs laid to ensure the starting boxes are at the recommended levels,” he said.
“There will be new starting mats placed in front of all four starting boxes, along with new covers over the 512 metre and 732 metre boxes.
“Television cabling will also be laid in order that TV sets can be mounted behind the 400 metre and 512 metre boxes which will allow trainers to be able to view the finish of races.”
He also said that there would be a new turnaround area for the race track tractor on the northern side of the track.
Manterfield, who pointed out that there would be no changes to race distances, said he was hopeful that trials would resume on Tuesday, May 8.
And he stressed that the Tara Raceway redevelopment undertaking was not for the purpose of greyhounds being able to run faster times but for the welfare of the racing animal.