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Te Rapa Track...Is it worth the money they spent on it???

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10 minutes ago, Chris Wood said:

Controversial sand spread last time it was done, first one without Neil Treweeks supervision. 

New course manager imported from Awapuni.

So in your opinion has it worked or has it made it worse???It looked shocking yesterday,JMO

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No, unfortunately far from successful, lots of kickback and pending where the rail is, a leader bias, which is normally worked out after a couple of races. They are working on it, but it will take awhile to get a reasonable resolution to the problem.

Sad really, as it had been a really good winter surface prior to this, still possibly better than 90% of  most winter tracks here in NZ, but kickback for horses and riders is really bad if you are back in the field, something that can’t be solved in a short time.

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22 hours ago, Chris Wood said:

Controversial sand spread last time it was done, first one without Neil Treweeks supervision. 

New course manager imported from Awapuni.

Chris, there was an Interesting interview on Des' Radio show this afternoon with Ken Rutherford. Apparantly 4 inches of sand was spread .

Ken was very up front about the sand application  error. He explained some of the remedies the WRC have tried and will try.

Maybe Ken Rutherfood  could put on Free Entry Jump Outs to help with the dissipation of the Dalton's Sand.

There were 24 Heats on July 17 at Te Rapa . 

Twelve Heats were on the inside Course.

Two winners so far  (from  my records) from that Trials Meeting.

Melody Belle  Slowest 900m 58.50 of 4 Open Heats ( Hand timing inaccurate ?) Inside Grass Track. She Nearly dropped Bosson at the  start.

Tiny Terror      Fastest 1000m 1.01.62  on Grass Track. Promoted winner  over Von Trapp.

We all hope, don' t we, that  The Waikato Racing Club returns to its former glory days.

See you  Thursday 30th at Claudelands for Winny's reading of the J M report.

 

 

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Having listened through the interview, I'm encouraged by Rutherford's recognition and admission of the mess Te Rapa is in and the earnest response needed to get things back in order.  This response seems to include flicking off two industry meetings in September to other tracks, and undersewing grass, but meantime having plenty of hooves help to force that sand from the surface into the ground.

A question Coppins (useless interviewer) didn't ask Rutherford is why the club didn't have anyone competent overseeing the work done in February.  Rutherford said the contractor did a "very shoddy job", being supposed to spread 4-6 mm depth of sand across the course, but actually putting on up to 2 inches (i.e. 50mm) in places in a central strip of the track.   50mm is 8 to 12 times the depth of sand supposed to have been laid, so it was indeed a shoddy job.   Clearly the club was incompetent in not noticing and intervening whilst the contractor's shoddy work was in progress.

Follow-up questions Coppins might have asked are whether Te Rapa paid the contractor, is seeking compensation, and has warned other clubs off using the shoddy outfit.

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30 minutes ago, Scotch Thistle said:

Having listened through the interview, I'm encouraged by Rutherford's recognition and admission of the mess Te Rapa is in and the earnest response needed to get things back in order.  This response seems to include flicking off two industry meetings in September to other tracks, and undersewing grass, but meantime having plenty of hooves help to force that sand from the surface into the ground.

A question Coppins (useless interviewer) didn't ask Rutherford is why the club didn't have anyone competent overseeing the work done in February.  Rutherford said the contractor did a "very shoddy job", being supposed to spread 4-6 mm depth of sand across the course, but actually putting on up to 2 inches (i.e. 50mm) in places in a central strip of the track.   50mm is 8 to 12 times the depth of sand supposed to have been laid, so it was indeed a shoddy job.   Clearly the club was incompetent in not noticing and intervening whilst the contractor's shoddy work was in progress.

Follow-up questions Coppins might have asked are whether Te Rapa paid the contractor, is seeking compensation, and has warned other clubs off using the shoddy outfit.

Fair point but what racing  journos ask the tough question here. An awful lot of patsy interviews.I don't mind trackside but for tough questions if needed , never seen it . A lot of oh well shit happens , let's move on. 

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