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June 23, 2016

The Australian Turf Club Board has resolved to undertake a complete rebuild of the Kensington track to allow it the best chance to stage racing all year round.

In consultation with Racing NSW, the Australian Turf Club plans to build a modern and superior drainage system as a major part of the design of the new surface.

The ATC Board opted to fully rebuild and resurface the track to cater for racing through Winter and Autumn months, which have historically been affected by wet weather, particularly at Royal Randwick.

Australian Turf Club Chief Executive Officer Darren Pearce said the Board wanted to adopt similar techniques to the Canterbury Park track design, which in recent decades has stood the test of time and gained the confidence of the racing industry.

“The ATC has conducted with Racing NSW a detailed and diligent study into the best way forward for the Kensington track, and feels that starting from scratch gives us the best long-term future,’’ Mr Pearce said.

“We have held extensive discussions with a wide range of Industry experts and participants and while this has taken some time, we are taking every measure to achieve an optimum long-term result for the industry.

“At the heart of the new design will be an amplified drainage system which we are confident will allow the track to perform across the year, especially during periods of poor weather.

“We hope to start work as soon as possible to take advantage of the optimum weather conditions during the Spring and Summer months of 2016 for construction and early growth, and aim to be back racing on the Kensington track late 2017.’’

Racing NSW Chief Executive Officer Peter V’landys AM applauded the decision by the ATC Board, stating: “Racing NSW is most pleased that the ATC has made this important decision to construct a track that meets the requirements to handle all conditions, and in accordance with our standard for new tracks.

“This will ensure that the punters have a surface that enables them to bet with confidence and, equally as important, is safe for both jockey and horse.’’

 

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