Greyhound Racing Victoria has given Horsham the green light to reopen for racing on Tuesday, 1 August (twilight) after the club held a successful picnic meeting last night.
“We ran seven half fields – six over the 410 metres with our new drop in boxes, and one over the 485 metres distance,” said Horsham GRC Manger, Justin Brilliant. “We had a number of local trainers here, and some from Ballarat and Bendigo, and they all seemed happy with how the track performed.”
Brilliant said the new track was more spacious and had more camber than was previously the case, lending itself to less interference.
“Greyhounds seemed to hold their line well. The best time we’ve had over the 410 metres is 23.50sec, while over the 485 metres greyhounds have been running in the 27.80s, and I expect they’ll go quicker than that once the track settles,” he added.
Brilliant said representatives from the Tweed Heads Coursing Club, which hasn’t raced since December after selling its land and track, would visit Horsham in the coming weeks with a view to building a new track identical to Horsham at a new site.
Nominations for Tuesday’s first race meeting at Horsham close at 11:00am on Thursday 27 July.