Picnic races cancelled

Murray and Harry Dymock checking out the newly laid turf.The Boorowa Picnic Races have been cancelled by Racing NSW after the track was deemed unsafe for horse and rider.

Jim Welsh, Chief Steward South East Racing Association, and David Hodgson, Racing NSW Maintenance Manager inspected the race course only to find that it was unsafe.

In December 2015 a ruling was made by Racing NSW that there were to be no vehicle crossing in the home straight. This ruling came after the death of jockey, Simone Montgomery in Darwin in August 2015.

The Boorowa Picnic Amateur Race Club’s President, Murray Dymock is gutted by the ruling, but says the races will definitely be held in 2016.

”It is a big shame that the races have been cancelled, we, as a committee, have worked hard this year to keep the maintenance of the track up.”

”We laid the turf in February, and had someone watering it every day, but it really needed some good rain,” he said.

”We told the stewards who conducted the inspection that we were due rain, but there is a new rule that racetracks have to be of standard a month before an event,” Mr Dymock said.

The committee members worked hard to install 144 metres of turf over the crossing, so that it would pass the new requirements.

“We will keep working through the problems, even though Racing NSW are getting tougher.”

Mr Welsh noted the club attempted to rectify the crossing problem, but says that cancelling the meeting was the only possible outcome.

“Unfortunately and despite best attempts there were deficiencies, in the short time the turf had been laid it had not sufficiently rooted so it would be an unstable surface for riders. “The new turf also sits 50mm proud of the rest track, we found that there would be no available remedy for the crossing to be corrected prior to the race meeting in May,” he said.

Mr Dymock says that the cancellation of the races will have a huge impact n the town.

”The races bring in 1000-1200 people, all of the motels and hotels and cafes are full, it will be a big shame for the town.

Mr Welsh agreed.

“We don’t take these decisions lightly, we appreciate race meetings are important for the local area and that they are a good source of income for the community however safety is paramount when it comes to these decisions, and we have to maintain the safety of horse and rider.”

The Boorowa Picnic Race Committee would like to thank all of the 2015 sponsors for hopping on board, and hope that they will see them again next year. They would also like o thank all advertisers, members and supporters of the club. The 2015 sponsors were; Durk Insurance, Boorowa Community Bank, Newhaven Park Stud, Top Pub, Thompsons Rural Supplies, Castlesteads P/L, Homkhill Partnership, Alimold PTY LTD, Stonehaven Furniture, Penrose Motors, Boorowa Vet Clinic, Willow Bend Station, Corkhills Engineering, Hilltops Equine Centre, Kennys Creek Angus, Landmark/Grazcorp, Merringree Merino Stud, Merryville Stud, Superb Jewelry and the Court House Hotel.

”I would also like to thank the committee for all of their hard work trying to get the track up to speed,” Mr Dymock said.

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