Scheduled race meetings at Seymour Racing Club in the next four months have been transferred, to allow the track more time to consolidate following major renovations.
Racing Victoria, in consultation with industry stakeholders, made the decision last week after consolidation of the racing surface, which has hosted seven race meetings in addition to trials since its November 2016 return, was found to have slowed through the cooler months.
The industry has agreed to take a conservative approach with the transfer of three meetings over the next four months.
The $5.15million reconstruction of the track last year saw the turf racetrack widened from 18m to 23m, a full realignment of its camber, the installation of a new irrigation system and the laying of a new surface.
The scheduled June 22 and September 19 meetings will now be conducted at Wangaratta, with the July 27 meeting to be run at Echuca.
Racing Victoria’s racing operations manager Paul Bloodworth said Racing Victoria, Country Racing Victoria, the Australian Trainers Association, the Victorian Jockeys Association and the Seymour Racing Club all agreed that transferring the Seymour meetings was the best solution.
‘‘We are taking a conservative approach by managing the use of the track, so that it is in the best shape to be able to conduct racing at key spring meetings leading into the Seymour Cup in October,’’ Bloodworth said.
‘‘There is nothing to suggest that the track is unsafe to conduct racing, it’s merely a precautionary approach and one we believe will be in the best long-term interests of the track and racing at Seymour.’’
Programmed meetings from August 19, including the October 22 Seymour Cup, will proceed as planned at Seymour, before a scheduled four-month break will allow the club to conduct further planned renovations and enhancements.