Plas­tic rail­ing on trial

The Sportsman Special Issue - - 48 - By MARK RYAN

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.

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