New Menangle Surface Ready For Saturday

04:48 PM 02 Apr 2014 NZDT
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t will be more than a month since Tabcorp Park Menangle has hosted a race meeting on its world class circuit but Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Harness Racing Club John Dumesny is looking forward to Saturday night's ten race card. Dumesny is confident the track is 'ready to go' but admits it may take time for the surface to settle down.

"The surface overall is much softer for the horses which is important for their longevity and durability and that is what the horseman have asked for," Dumesny said.

"Our track consultant Dan Coon is of the belief that speed isn't everything and it might be a while before we start to see fast times but ultimately what we are after is a uniformity and consistency."

The Menangle surface was put to the test on Tuesday morning and Dumesny confirmed some work will be carried out before this weekend's meeting.

"There was one patch which was about 30 metres by 10 metres that the horseman said was too soft on Tuesday and we will be able to fix that by this weekend."

"It is a totally different surface to what we had here before, we have been informed that there is a 25 year supply of the material from the quarry and it is important that we are able to source replacement material as it is needed in the future."

A similar surface was used when rebuilding the Goulburn track.

"It is a sandy material and as was evident from when Goulburn opened it took a while before the track settled in but the surface is now at a stage where Goulburn is a very popular surface."

Race 1 will begin at 6:10pm on Saturday with two heats of the Australian Pacing Gold for two year old fillies and three heats of the Carousel highlighting the programme.

Courtesy of Harness Racing NSW

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