Turf  club waits on rain results to assess remedial work on track

BALLARAT Turf Club will await today’s forecast rain to help gauge how remedial works on the home straight are progressing.

New turf on the race track. File picture.

New turf on the race track. File picture.

The club has been working hard to ensure there is no repeat of the situation that caused its long-awaited return meeting on June 1 to be abandoned.

Heavy rain fell in the lead-up to that meeting, leaving extensive surface water in the home straight.

Soil specialists have since visited the track and a verti-draining machine has been used to aerate the affected areas.

Ballarat Turf Club chief executive Lachlan McKenzie told The Courier more would be known on how successful the draining works have been after the rain.

“We expect rain (today) so we will do some infiltration testing to see how successful the verti-drainer has been. If rain doesn’t eventuate, we will do some testing ourselves,” he said.

McKenzie said the club planned to race on its next scheduled meeting on Thursday, June 19.

The club has not raced at the track since Ballarat Cup Day in November last year following a $1.5 million upgrade.