Testing continues on Seymour track

May 11, 2018

Capital Gain at Seymour Racing Club

Seymour Racing Club is continuing testing on its track, which had a further two race meetings transferred.

The meeting that was scheduled for tomorrow has been moved to Echuca, while the May 25 fixture will now be run at Werribee. It follows the April 23 being moved to Echuca.

The transfers are a result of an unsatisfactory track condition, which became apparent on April 10, and continues to puzzle those associated with the club.

SRC chief executive Penny Reeve said the club had conducted a range of soil and root tests in the past month, but had not reached any firm conclusions.

‘‘We have conducted a range of tests in conjunction with Racing Victoria and McMahons, the company that performed the recent reconstruction, in an attempt to solve the problem,’’ Reeve said.

‘‘Unfortunately we haven’t got any firm answers yet, which is frustrating, because we were very happy with the way the track raced in the lead-up to our summer renovation.

‘‘We’ll continue to try and work out why the track is not performing as we would like and will hopefully soon gain some answers that will allow racing to resume on Thursday, June 7.’’

RV and the SRC have agreed that Seymour will be required to conduct jump outs to the satisfaction of industry participants and stewards before racing returns.

Even though the May 10 and May 25 meetings have been transferred, the SRC will conduct a draw for the Seymour Toyota Yaris members’ promotion on each of those days, as it did for the lost April 23 meeting, when John Davey’s name was drawn out.

— Brad Bishop

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