The South Island's premier harness racing track - Addington Raceway - has been given the green light for racing to recommence at the iconic Christchurch venue. The first race meeting at Addington since the devastating Earthquake which struck Christchurch on 22 February will be conducted tomorrow (Thursday March 31) when the Christchurch Greyhound Racing Club conducts a 12 event racemeeting starting at 4.15pm.
Structural Engineers and the New Zealand Racing Board late last week gave the all clear on the infrastructure and facilities at Addington in order for racing to recommence effective from tomorrow.
The first harness fixture is set down for next Monday the April 4 when the New ZealandTrotting Club (NZMTC) conducts a trials fixture.
The first harness race meeting to return to Addington will be on Friday Night April 15 when the Reefton Trotting Club conducts its annual West Coast Racenight.
While racing is all set to resume at Addington, the Public Stand will be off limits and out of action for an indefinite period of time. Structural Engineers have inspected the Public Stand and have declared that it cannot be entered under any circumstances and that it is unsafe for occupation.
A fenced safety cordon has been erected around the Public Stand preventing access in accordance with instructions from Structural Engineers. The future of the Public Stand remains uncertain and will depend upon further Structural and Geotechnical reporting to be undertaken.
Addington Raceway CEO, Shane Gloury thanked all industry participants for their patience and understanding over the past five weeks.
"It has been a very tough time for everybody in Canterbury and we thank everyone for their co-operation while we have been out of action. The NZMTC's first meeting back here will be on Easter Saturday Night and to mark this occasion we have some special promotions in the pipeline for this meeting. It will be good to be back racing at Addington," he said.
by Shane GLOURY (CEO Addington Raceway)