Race­course digs deep for wa­ter sup­ply

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

WHILE THE week lead­ing up to a race meet­ing would be busy enough at the best of times, there was ex­tra ac­tiv­ity in Wex­ford Race­course last week as a new well was dug to en­sure suf­fi­cient wa­ter sup­ply to the course.

Race­course chair­man Michael Mur­phy took the de­ci­sion last Fri­day week to sink a sec­ond well given the con­tin­u­ing hot, dry con­di­tions, say­ing that hav­ing safe ground for horses and jock­eys was their top pri­or­ity.

As it stood, the course’s well was de­liv­er­ing about 5,000 gal­lons which would nor­mally suf­fice but given the con­di­tions, he felt they had to put a back-up in place in case any­thing went wrong.

‘Wex­ford has a well and a stream but the ex­treme weather prompted us to go with a sec­ond well as a back-up. At the mo­ment, the go­ing is good to firm, good in places, and we have to be able to main­tain that for the safety of the horses and rid­ers.’

Two lo­cal con­trac­tors were called into ac­tion for the job: Ni­cholas Wall, from New­bawn, sunk the well while Jim But­ler from Clon­roche in­stalled the pump, which had to be sourced from Ger­many.

The new well was sunk last Tues­day. Mr Mur­phy re­marked that all of the race­courses around the coun­try would be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­cul­ties as a re­sult of the weather. The sec­ond well, he said, was some­thing that they would al­ways have and would stand to them in the fu­ture.

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