Track is ready for Coffs Cup
IT'S been a long time between meetings but Coffs Harbour Racing Club is about to re-launch for the annual festival.
Unable to race since Melbourne Cup Day last year, 1600mm of rainfall received so far in 2015 has had a major impact on drainage works.
CEO Russ Atkinson said contractors commenced the $500,000 project on January 16 with an expected completion date of February 28 but due to rain, the project had to be restructured in two stages.
"The impact of the drainage system will be enormous with rain that would normally see a meeting called off able to drain away and allow us to conduct meetings," he said.
"It's very exciting to be almost ready again and our core goal is to ensure everything will be right to go for our Cup Carnival which kicks off with the NBN Community Cups meeting on Sunday, July 26.
"The two-day carnival will follow on Wednesday, August 5, and Thursday, August 6.
"While the impact of losing seven meetings cannot be underestimated on the club, owners, trainers, jockeys and members, there is a silver lining ahead with Racing NSW programming an additional five race meetings for the club.
"This comes from transfers from Port Macquarie which has also commenced major works to that track."
Russ said the racing surface was in great shape and horses would be able to recommence grass work from next week in time for the Grafton July Carnival preparation.
"It would be remiss not to pay tribute to our local trainer Joe Janiak after his wonderful champion Takeover Target sadly passed," he added.
"The club will honour his achievements with a public function at 6pm in the Jim Browning Lounge on Friday, July 17."
Victoria Racing Club will today run the 1100m Takeover Target Tribute at Flemington.
Also on Saturday at 4pm, a salute the great horse and his trainer will be held at the Pier Hotel at Coffs Harbour Jetty.
"It's something we needed to do to show how much we think of Joe and Takeover," mine host Warren Skinner said.