New Grafton Track To Begin Trials Tuesday

GRAFTON'S brand new sand surface will be laid tomorrow with the aim to start trialling at the revamped complex next Tuesday.

David Brasch

26 May 2021

GRAFTON’S new sand surface will be laid tomorrow with the aim to start trialling at the revamped complex next Tuesday.

“Everything is coming to plan,” said club president John Corrigan. “We could not be happier.”

The Tuesday trialling session will be a day before GWIC clearance trials are held at the track in preparation for the club’s return to racing on June 7.

“GWIC wants to have at least one field trial over each distance to check that everything is working as hoped, just as on a race day,” said Corrigan.

“This means the starting boxes, the lure, the finishlynx, the kennels, scales … you name it.

“We are confident the almost $5 million revamp of our track will pass any test.”

Corrigan said he had already been inundated by trainers wanting to be part of any trialling on the new track.

Racing will be conducted over 350m, 450m and 660m.

“We already have four who want to trial over the 660 metre distance,” he said.

He has been amazed at the number of Queensland trainers contacting him about trialling on the new track.

“With no one turn track in Queensland and the belief this track will be so great, you can understand why they are wanting to come here to race,” he said.

The finishing touches are being made now to aspects like a 70m long parade area outside the new kennel block.

“I might be biased, but this is the best kennel block I have seen in all the years I have been racing greyhounds,” said Corrigan. 

“We have cameras in each of the 12 kennel bays, the vet room … you name it.”

Corrigan said Redden Videos would take over coverage of Grafton race meetings and included in their coverage will be the Isolynx tracking system in use at The Meadows.

“What a boom that will be for punters and trainers,” he said.

“A chip in each dog’s rug will provide so much valuable information about each and every runner in every race.”

Grafton’s state of the art complex will make this year’s July Carnival as popular as it has ever been.

“All the regulars have indicated they will be coming for the carnival,” said Corrigan.

“We are looking forward to that and showing off our new track.”