Plastic railing on trial
PLASTICrunning rails will be installed at two Victorian racetracks in Maywith other tracks to follow after a review of safety in the state.
Therunning rail was developed by Racing Victoria Limited (RVL) and will be installed at metropolitanSandown and country centre Cranbourne in May.
Three thousand metres of the rail will be installed atSandown and two thousand metres ofnewrail will replace the inside running rail on the main trial track at Cranbourne.
Parts of the rail are being manufactured under contract by French basedcompany Fornells, while the remaining components are being manufactured locally.
Victorian Jockeys Association chief executive DesO’Keefe says jockeys are delighted at the prospect of the improved safety measures.
TheVJAhas been directly involved in the running rail and upright review process over the past couple of years and wefully support the introduction of theRVL designed plastic running rail and the implementation process currently being proposed,’’ he said.
Weare satisfied the newrail and upright will improve jockey safety and will be ideal for Australian racing conditions which require regular rail movementwithout damaging the track profile.’’
Thenewrunning rail has also been successfully demonstrated to all Melbourne metropolitan racecourse managers.
Aroll-out plan starting with the remaining metropolitan tracks will be developed after initial installation of the rail at Cranbourne and Sandown.