Contamination of the Pro-ride track at Coffs Harbour racecourse is causing budget blow-outs and increasing concern.
Contamination of the Pro-ride track at Coffs Harbour racecourse is causing budget blow-outs and increasing concern.

Training track a disaster

FLOODWATERS have contaminated a section of Coffs Harbour Racing Club's Pro-ride training track and forced its replacement.

Club CEO Russ Atkinson said alluvial deposits had washed out the binder between the 1200m and 600m areas.

Up to 180 horses can gallop over this section on a busy day.

“Because of this the track has a less than desirable cushioning effect and because it's due to flooding, the work falls outside our maintenance contract with Pro-ride,” he explained.

“Because we are heading toward having the status of a ‘regional training centre' the training surface is most important and the total replacement of the track is what may be  required.

“However, money is the big issue and you are talking lots of it.

“Part of the deal is our master plan of flood mitigation which we are about half way through already.

“A favourable outcome in the Race Fields Legislation legal case is the key to it and we have been told a decision is likely before the end of this month.”