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Coffs Harbour Installs Safety Rail For Carnival
The Coffs Harbour Racing Club has installed a false running rail near the outside fence of the course proper in time for its Gold Cup carnival due to safety concerns. The carnival, which commenced yesterday and will conclude today with the running of the $80,000 Coffs Harbour Gold Cup (1600m), always attracts a big crowd and this was a factor that influenced the club's decision. Mark Holloway, Chairman of Stewards for Northern Rivers Racing Association, explained that erring on the side of caution was the best course of action following consultation with participants. "The track is rated heavy (8) and as the normal pattern is for riders to scout wide in the straight near the outside fence, we have safety concerns," stated Mr Holloway. "With a much larger crowd expected during the Cup carnival, the Club has installed a false rail six metres in from the outside fence that runs for the entire length of the home straight to protect horses, riders and the public."