A soggy Coffs Harbour race track.
A soggy Coffs Harbour race track. Trevor Veale

Race Club looks for a Plan B

THE Coffs Harbour Racing Club is investigating contingency plans for next Wednesday's Cabcharge Sportsman's race day in an attempt to protect the track ahead of The Coffs Gold Cup on August 2.

Racing club CEO Russ Atkinson is still confident the track will be able to handle two days of racing for the Coffs Carnival but felt it was an obvious decision to have a second option in case weather conditions turned sour.

"I was in contact with the Clarence River Jockey Club earlier this week just inquiring about using Grafton as a backup plan," Atkinson said.

"We plan on racing the full Coffs Carnival schedule at the Coffs Harbour racing club next week however it would be irresponsible for me to not have a contingency plan.   

"It is the biggest week in the club's calendar so we go to every extent to ensure everything is in its best possible shape for each event."

Sunday's Sawtell Cup saw a heavy track and Atkinson believes similar conditions could be in store next week.

"All the wet weather will most likely see a heavy track however every day track staff have the rollers out and I'm confident it will be in good shape for the big race," He said.

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