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Track upgrade ‘ahead of schedule’

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

There was plenty happening at Tara Raceway on Wednesday morning.

Tim Manterfield (left), Brad Beckett and Terry Winder pictured after the laying of a new starting mat in front of the 400 metre boxes.

Track work supervisor Tim Manterfield, Terry Winder (head of Greyhound Racing SA industry maintenance) and Brad Beckett (GRSA maintenance) were preparing the front of the 732 metre boxes for the laying of a new starting mat after having previously laid the 400 metre, 512 metre and 600 metre mats.

And while electricians carried out the ground work in readiness for the installation of television sets at the 400 metre and 512 metre boxes, John Woodland, “keeper of the kennels”, had completed the pressure cleaning of 100-plus race day kennels and was hard at work in the wash-down area.

Manterfield reckons work on the major track upgrade is actually ahead of schedule and he’s given the green light for trials to resume at Tara Raceway next Tuesday (May 8) in readiness for the Sunday, May 13 race meeting.

John Woodland gets to work on the wash-down area.

“Actually, the whole operation has gone very smoothly,” he said. “The starting box slabs have been laid and Williams Crane Hire will be in this afternoon to place the boxes back in position.

“The covers over the 512 metre and 732 metre boxes may not be completed by Tuesday morning but that won’t have too much impact on the running of the trials.”

Manterfield said what was needed now was for the predicted rain to fall in the next few days to assist in the compacting of the 500 cubic metres of Burrumbeet sand that has been distributed on the track.

Meanwhile, Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club secretary/treasurer Barry Shepheard was in Adelaide on Wednesday to discuss proposed racing dates for Tara Raceway once the Murray Bridge track, currently under construction, was operational.

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