Port Fairy races given the go-ahead in Warrnambool

THE races are on — officially.

Port Fairy’s community race day will go-ahead on Thursday in Warrnambool after the city’s course was yesterday deemed safe.

Racing Victoria, Warrnambool Racing Club and Warrnambool City Council investigated the track’s foundations after a 40-centimetre hole opened up after the first race at the club’s Oaks Day meeting on November 7.

The rest of that meeting was abandoned and another on November 21 transferred to Terang.

Racing Victoria said investigations found a build-up of silt and debris in a stormwater drain pipe under the track caused water to run back up the trench, which resulted in soil subsidence.

A spokeswoman said the pipe had since been cleared and found to be structurally sound.

The affected section of the track has been filled and compacted.

Final acceptances for the meeting will be taken at 9am today.

The Port Fairy community race day is developing into a popular pre-Christmas function with bands and a fashions on the field competition.

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