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Meetings deflected from Kensington track

The Kensington track will not be used this winter. Picture: Mark Evans

The Kensington track will not be used this winter. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

THERE are no race meetings scheduled for the troubled Kensington this winter — and the track may not be given any Sydney race dates next season.

The last Kensington race meeting was held last November but the racecourse surface is still not up to the standard required to stage a race meeting.

The Kensington course has been used for trackwork at Randwick but officials remain cautious about programming any race meetings.

“To save having to chop and change race dates, we haven’t scheduled any race meetings for the Kensington track for the near future,’’ the Australian Turf Club’s general manager of racecourses, Lindsay Murphy, said.

“We are continuing to work on the track and we are using a different type of rye grass that I feel will make a big difference.

“If the track shows any signs of improvements we can always switch race meetings back to the Kensington track.’’

Lindsay Murphy says work is continuing to try and improve the Kensington track. Picture:

Lindsay Murphy says work is continuing to try and improve the Kensington track. Picture: Gregg Porteous Source: News Corp Australia

With the Kensington course likely to be out of commission through the winter, it is going to place more pressure on Sydney’s remaining four tracks — Randwick’s course proper, Rosehill, Canterbury and Warwick Farm.

This may leave Racing NSW and ATC officials with no other option but to consider transferring some midweek meetings to provincial racecourses during winter.

*****

AFTER more than 50 years in racing journalism, Ken Callander has announced he has written his last column for The Daily Telegraph.

Callander’s often hard-hitting columns were always insightful and straight to the point. I wish Ken all the very best in retirement.

FRED’S DREAM FULFILLED

FRED Hastings, the voice of Sydney harness racing, will achieve a lifelong ambition when he calls a race at New York’s Yonkers track on Tuesday morning.

“I told my parents when I was nine years old that I wanted to be a race caller and I can remember watching a lot of American movies with a racing flavour as a child thinking I would love the chance to call a race over there one day,’’ Hastings said.

“This family trip has been in the pipeline for quite a while. John Hernan is the broadcaster at Yonkers and I am very grateful tol be given the opportunity by John to call a couple of races.’’

BEST BET

Religify (Rosehill, race 4) did not have the best of luck in running and should have finished closer when sixth to Quartzite over 1000m at Randwick on Anzac Day. The sprinter has been vulnerable first-up previously but will strip much fitter. He has won four of his only six starts and is set to enhance that record tomorrow.

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Posted May 8, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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