Racing returns to Elwick

2 February 2021|Community News, Sport| Off Comments off on Racing returns to Elwick|

THE Elwick track was given the green light by jockeys and trainers before the recent race meeting that featured the $100,000 Elwick Stakes for two-year-olds.

The race meeting also boasted the weight-for-age Summer Cup that offered the winner ballot-free entry into the Ladbrokes Group 3 $250,000 Hobart Cup on 7 February.

The area of the track used was divided into three sections and two horses at a time galloped over 1000 metres with all three sections of the track used.

Tasmanian jockey-trainer Siggy Carr rode four of the 12 horses that galloped on the circuit and she gave the track a glowing report.

“I thought the track rode beautifully and I sat behind one of my other horses in a gallop and I didn’t get any kickback,” Carr said.

“Other than the outside section of the track in the home straight, that was a bit softer than the rest, the track was very raceable and you couldn’t even see where the patches were two weeks ago.”

Premier trainer Scott Brunton was convinced the maintenance and remedial work that has been done has the track heading in the right direction.

“I’m happy with the track condition and the way that things are tracking with its recovery,” Brunton said.

“It is a new track and there are going to be teething issues but today the clods that were being thrown up showed grass roots, whereas beforehand you could see mesh webbing, so the work being done proves the grass growth process is working and that’s a great sign.”

Flemington track manager Liam O’Keefe, who was recruited by Tasracing to inspect the damaged areas of the track two weeks ago, oversaw the gallops.

“The track surface has reacted to the gallops just as I expected and the work that has been done over the past fortnight has helped deliver that outcome,” O’Keefe said.

Racing Minister Jane Howlett said she was delighted to see racing back at Elwick looking magnificent with a big crowd in attendance and racing back in action.

“Like thousands of others I look forward to more high standard racing at Elwick in the lead up to the Hobart Cup on 7 February and the Tasmanian Derby on 5 February,” she said.

Ms Howlett said she was also pleased that the cup meeting had received Public Health approval.

“I congratulate the Tasmanian Racing Club for its hard work in adjusting the COVID safe requirements,” she said.

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