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Racetrack saviours

Wednesday, 14th March, 2018

Racecourse manager Marc Coulter checking the rejuvenated track ahead of the St Pat’s race meeting this weekend Racecourse manager Marc Coulter checking the rejuvenated track ahead of the St Pat’s race meeting this weekend

By Emily Roberts

Two local businesses have combined to improve the dry surface of the racetrack for Saturday’s St Pat’s races.

After the dry, hot summer, the track was looking bad until Mawsons and Radford’s stepped up, said race club spokesman Andrew Schmidt.

“They are dumping sand on the track. It was donated by Mawsons, and the water trucks and graders were donated by Steve and Gary Radford,” Mr Schmidt said.

“The race track is quite hard and because there has been no rain for the year it has left it dry,” he said.

“Around 50 to 70mm of sand is being placed above the surface then water will be pumped into it for the week, so it should be perfect.

“We were very grateful for the donation.”

Course manager Marc Coulter said yesterday that the track will be in great condition for the races.

“Thanks to Mawsons, the Radfords and our volunteers - they have all helped out,” Mr Coulter said.

“Due to the fact we haven’t had rain in some time and the 40 degree weather, it was good to have this help.

“The track is also used by the Harness Racing Association for training so it needed some major maintenance.

“It will be ready in time for race day - we will be giving it plenty of water.

“Consolidated Mining and Civil are lending us a semi-trailer to water the track and we will put a lot on in the next 72 hours.

“We will also have our water truck on the day.”

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