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ATC To Rebuild Kensington Track
The Australian Turf Club Board has resolved to undertake a complete rebuild of the inner Kensington track at Royal Randwick to allow it the best chance to stage racing all year round. In consultation with Racing NSW, the Australian Turf Club plans to build a modern and superior drainage system as a major part of the design of the new surface. The ATC Board opted to fully rebuild and resurface the track to cater for racing through the winter and autumn months, which have historically been affected by wet weather, particularly at Royal Randwick. Australian Turf Club Chief Executive Officer Darren Pearce said the Board wanted to adopt similar techniques to the Canterbury Park track design, which in recent decades has stood the test of time and gained the confidence of the racing industry. "The ATC has conducted with Racing NSW a detailed and diligent study into the best way forward for the Kensington track, and feels that starting from scratch gives us the best long-term future,'' Mr Pearce said. "We have held extensive discussions with a wide range of Industry experts and participants and while this has taken some time, we are taking every measure to achieve an optimum long-term result for the industry." He added: ""We hope to start work as soon as possible to take advantage of the optimum weather conditions during the Spring and Summer months of 2016 for construction and early growth, and aim to be back racing on the Kensington track in the summer of 2017.''