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PHOTOS: Horsham greyhound track designed for safety

OFFICIAL: Greyhound Racing Victoria board member Emmett Dunne, Horsham mayor Pam Clarke and Horsham Greyhound Club president Ian Bibby re-open the Horsham track. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

OFFICIAL: Greyhound Racing Victoria board member Emmett Dunne, Horsham mayor Pam Clarke and Horsham Greyhound Club president Ian Bibby re-open the Horsham track. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER


Greyhound Racing Victoria chief executive Alan Clayton has described $800,000 in upgrades to a track at Horsham Showground as a showcase in design features based on greyhound safety.
Mr Clayton said GRV was working with the University of Technology Sydney to develop innovations that would improve track safety in Victoria.
He made the comments as part of the official opening of the Horsham upgrades yesterday.
“Good track design is important for the greyhounds’ safety,” he said.
“By reducing major risk factors we reduce the chance for incidents and interference, so dogs can race more safely. At Horsham, every aspect of this redevelopment has a science overlay to it, with animal welfare as the overriding priority.”
As well as the $800,000 track project, the Horsham track also features $400,000 in other developments as part of GRV’s five-year capital works program.
The 43-year-old track closed last October to allow workers to bring it up to an appropriate standard.
Using GRV data, University of Technology modelling pinpointed ‘hot spots’ for dogs on the former track, identifying potential causes for interference and crowding.
Racing resumed on August 1, with racing now occurring over 410 and 485 metres. Officials might introduce 675-metre starts in the near future.
Horsham club manager Justin Brilliant said there had been a smooth transition to the new track and trainers seemed happy.
“It’s more spacious and lends itself to less interference. Greyhounds seem to hold their line well,” he said.
“It’s good to see that GRV is continuing to invest in our community by providing the infrastructure the industry needs.”
Horsham mayor Pam Clarke officially opened the track at a ceremony yesterday in an event combined with an annual Great Chase Community Day for disability organisations.
Wimmera contractors, including civil construction, electricians, irrigation experts, builders and fencing contractors carried out the majority of the work on the Horsham project.
Greyhound Racing Victoria board member Emmett Dunne said greyhound racing was an integral part of the Wimmera.
“To support the local community, we were committed to using local suppliers wherever possible,” he said.
“Overall, the greyhound racing industry contributes about $3.5-million directly and indirectly to the Wimmera’s economy each year.
“We take tremendous pride in giving back to communities and helping those who might need a helping hand.”
Key elements of the redevelopment include:
• Widening the track by an average of 1.2 metres.
• Increasing the camber on bends to about 10 percent – up from 8.2 percent – to provide smooth transitions, reducing crowding and the potential for injuries and interference.
• Replacement of the lure and safety rail and installation of a new braking lure motor.
• Complete replacement of the track surface with new sand.
• Upgrading irrigation and electrical systems and adding new perimeter fencing.
• New head-on cameras, drop-on boxes for 410m races and starting boxes for trialling puppies.

Emmett Dunne, Ian Bibby, Pam Clark and Justin Brilliant at Horsham Greyhound Racing Club re-opening.

Emmett Dunne, Ian Bibby, Pam Clark and Justin Brilliant at Horsham Greyhound Racing Club re-opening.

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Our Mate Wilson wins The Weekly Advertiser Grade 5 at Horsham Greyhound Racing Club re-opening.

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Steve Ware with Mickey at Horsham Greyhound Racing Club re-opening.

Steve Ware with Mickey at Horsham Greyhound Racing Club re-opening.

Micket the greyhound at Horsham Greyhound Racing Club re-opening.

Micket the greyhound at Horsham Greyhound Racing Club re-opening.

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Posted on Sep 12 2017

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