The NSW GBOTA is confident that matters which led to the cancellation of the Gosford race meeting on Tuesday, September 5 have been rectified and remains committed to the Association’s racetrack network meeting the highest possible safety standards going forward.
Operations Manager, Ellen Harris, said the cancellation and impact on participants was deeply regretted but reinforced the actions of track staff in the lead up to Tuesday night had at all times been focused on the production of best possible racing surface.
“Track staff discovered on Monday, September 4, that the irrigation system had failed to distribute water to the track as had been programmed. The plan had been to increase water supply to the track given the increase in temperature in the Central Coast region.
“Unfortunately, the mechanical failure meant that staff were left in a position where they needed to undertake remedial action on Monday, September 4 and Tuesday, September 5including a medium level harrow which aimed to increase the capacity of the track’s profile to absorb additional water.
“The remedial actions were judgement calls but should be seen as staff making every effort to present the track in a fit for racing state. It was, however, determined by Stewards that given the track did not offer a consistent racing surface and that abandonment was the safest decision.
Subsequent to the cancellation, GBOTA head office, Gosford track staff and the GRNSW track management team have openly reviewed all circumstances in the lead up and worked cohesively and in strong communication regarding corrective actions. This has included a deep harrow to a depth in excess of 50mm.
NSW GBOTA Executive Officer, Brenton Scott, confirmed that the NSW GBOTA obviously regretted any meeting cancellation on track preparation grounds but would react to the situation professionally.
“We have been at the forefront of standardizing track preparation standards in NSW and remain heavily invested in the objective of providing all greyhounds with the safest and fairest possible racing surfaces at all trial and race sessions at its tracks.”