Racing back this weekend

Debbie Prosser and Megan Hodder with five-year-old bay gelding Batizta, which is to race tomorrow.

WARWICK Park Racecourse will open for business tomorrow after a 20 month hiatus.
Kempsey Race Club is hosting a five-race community meeting to thank the volunteers and community members who have helped the club get back on its feet.

The racecourse has been closed since February 2010 following damage caused to the course as a result of weed spraying.

Kempsey Race Club secretary Debbie Prosser said the meeting would be a big relief to everyone involved.

“We’ve dedicated this meeting to the town and all our helpers,” she said.

“The rehabilitation of the racecourse has been completed and the racing surface is now in excellent condition.”

The race meeting is also a prelude to the running of the 2011 Akubra Kempsey Cup on Friday, November 11.

“The club is excited about the re-opening of the racecourse and we are expecting a big crowd for the meeting,” Mrs Prosser said.

“We’re also making it a huge family fun day with lots of entertainment for everyone.

“There’ll be amusement rides for the kids and entry is only a gold coin with 50 per cent of proceeds going to the Cancer Council.”

All five races are named in recognition of the organisations that have supported the club over the past two years and the volunteers who have contributed to the rehabilitation of the track and maintenance of the public facilities.

Meetings scheduled for Kempsey over the past 20 months have been shared by tracks at Port Macquarie and Taree.

Article courtesy The Macleay Argus