Awapuni Track Update
A return to racing on the reconstructed home turn at Awapuni is targeted for March 1, 2019.
Trials were held on the reconstructed section on Tuesday and one area did not race as well as expected.
A further set of trials will be held on the new ground in January, under the NZTR ‘return to racing’ policy.
“The majority of the new section raced really well [at the trials] but there was a 50m inside section, around the 600m, which was a bit softer and this created some inconsistencies,” RACE Group tracks manager Kim Treweek said.
“Horses had been working around the turn for a number of weeks but we had 32mls of rain in the 48 hours before the trials and that showed that it needed a bit more time. We want everything to be 100 percent before we commit to racing on it.”
However, the 2100m races scheduled for the Christmas meeting at Awapuni, including the Manawatu Cup, will be able to be extended to 2200m.