Track is­sues rec­ti­fied: club

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Cameron New­bold

Mt Barker Turf Club of­fi­cials have de­clared their track fit to race on for their biggest meet­ing of the sea­son on Jan­uary 20, which fea­tures the $100,000 Mun­grup Stud Sprint.

The club lost its sched­uled third meet­ing of the sea­son this week.

Rac­ing and Wager­ing WA stew­ards were not sat­is­fied with a dry area of the track roughly 100m past the win­ning post and made the de­ci­sion to move to­mor­row’s meet­ing to Al­bany on Mon­day.

With the MBTC’s an­nual Grapes and Gal­lops meet­ing, which at­tracts thou­sands, just 10 days away, the club was con­fi­dent the prob­lems would be fixed in time.

MTBC vice-pres­i­dent Dot St Jack con­firmed the prob­lem had been re­solved and wa­ter­ing had been in­creased in an ef­fort to have the track back in tip-top shape.

“It will be right for the 20th,” St Jack said.

“A so­le­noid failed in the retic­u­la­tion and when it was picked up there had been hot weather on (the track).

“As of (Tues­day) we have pumped about 6000 litres of water around the whole track and an­other 6000 litres was set to go on the dry area again. We are very con­fi­dent it will be right.”

St Jack said the club was grate­ful to the Shire of Plan­ta­genet for its sup­port in re­solv­ing the is­sues.

“The Shire has done an ex­cep­tional job in help­ing us,” she said.

“They’ve done their ut­most in get­ting water onto the track and they are check­ing over all the sprin­klers to make sure they are work­ing prop­erly.”

The loss of an­other meet­ing is the lat­est in a num­ber of track prob­lems the club has dealt with over the past few years, with a meet­ing last sea­son lost due to a wa­ter­log­ging in the home straight.

A fi­nal track in­spec­tion, that will ul­ti­mately de­ter­mine the fate of the Grapes and Gal­lops fea­ture meet­ing, is set down for next Mon­day.

Al­bany Rac­ing Club will hold the trans­ferred seven-race card from Mt Barker to­mor­row, be­gin­ning at 1.45pm, mak­ing it the club’s se­cond meet­ing in six days.

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