We're racing again!
COFFS Harbour will become the first country track in NSW to return to racing next week after being given a clean bill health from government officials yesterday.
Following an inspection from Racing NSW Stewards and the Department of Primary Industries, Coffs Harbour will hold their first race meeting following the devastating Equine Influenza outbreak.
And chief executive Russ Atkinson is delighted to be backnracing. "It's a great morale booster for everyone in the industry," said Atkinson. "It is also great credit to all our staff who have worked so hard to make this happen."
The Prostate Cancer Awareness day will feature a nine-race meeting - the first for some time in Coffs.
"And Grafton trainers will be able to compete and bring horses to Coffs under special licence," added a delighted Mr Atkinson.
Due to the EI restrictions there will be some restricted access to areas such as the running rail and mounting yard.
Trainers, jockeys and other licensed raceday staff will also be separated from the public.
"The Club and local trainers have worked hard on creating a strict control area around the racecourse and this has paid off with the allocation of Tuesday's meeting," Atkinson said.
Coffs Harbour's ability to conduct a meeting has highlighted the club's standing as the region's premier training venue as its facilities has enabled over 170 horses to remain in work at the course in preparation for a return to racing.
"The DPI were impressed with out unique track layout which has enabled us to get back racing," said the club's CEO.
The club is also looking into the opportunity of having a special scratch race on Melbourne Cup Day for two of Australia's leading sprinters, Natural Destiny and Take Over Target who are both stabled at the course, as they will be unable to travel to Flemington due to the EI outbreak.
Gates will open at 11.30am and the first race is at 12.28pm. For more information on Tuesday's meeting punters and racegoers can contact the Club on 6652 1488.