TERANG and Camperdown racing clubs will benefit from an 11-month closure of Colac’s race track.
Racing Victoria (RV) yesterday revealed to The Standard that the Colac racecourse needed major remedial works after an inspection found issues with the surface.
RV executive general manager of infrastructure and club support Jamie McGuinness said the works had to be completed before racing could resume, with no meetings to be held until after August 1 next year.
“A proactive inspection of the Western District racecourse raised significant concerns with the integrity of the course proper drainage system and the possibility it may be compromised in the future,” McGuinness said.
He said RV, Colac Turf Club and Country Racing Victoria were assessing what works needed to be done and how long they would take.
“As a result of the works, racing will not resume at Colac until the 2014-15 season. However, training will continue on the inside grass training track,” he said.
That means Colac’s traditional Christmas meeting in December will be moved to Terang and February’s Colac Gold Cup will be taken to Camperdown.
Terang had held its own pre-Christmas event for several years until it was stripped of the date.
It had been one of the club’s most successful meetings. It will be held four days before Christmas this year, giving the club the opportunity to promote it as a perfect festive party.
Two other meetings scheduled for Colac are to be moved. The March 22 fixture would be replaced by the Apsley Cup at Edenhope and the April 7 meeting will become an Ararat meeting.
The 2014 Colac Cup meeting will now be held on a Sunday afternoon at Camperdown, while the 2014 Apsley Cup meeting at Edenhope will be moved from March 29 to March 22 and upgraded from non-TAB to TAB status.