May 19 2017

Following a track inspection at Greyville this morning, tonight’s Grade 2 Betting World 1900 is the only race that will be run on the turf. All other races have been switched to the Poly Track.

The inspection panel, comprising of, two Gold Circle racecourse managers, trainer Garth Puller, National Horse Racing Authority (NHA) chief stipendiary steward Shaun Parker, NHA vet Roehan Sutherland, and Gold Circle Racing Executive, Raf Sheik, decided that the track had not dried out sufficiently following last week’s down-pours that dumped over 200 mm of rain on the course.

The average penetrometer reading for the course was 29 but the area near the finishing post, that does not receive as much sunlight as the rest of the course because of the shadow cast by the grandstand, read 34.

Raf Sheik, Gold Circle’s Racing Executive, said that the decision was taken in the interests of safety and also to prevent irreparable damage to the turf surface that would affect the balance of Champions Season.

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