ALL SET: Greyhounds trialed on the new racing surface at the Wagga Greyhound Racing Club track last week, but the club will stage its first meeting on the upgraded surface on FridayTHE most powerful man in greyhound racing in NSW will help Wagga Greyhound Racing Club christen its new racing surface at Wagga Showground tonight.
GRNSW chief executive Brent Hogan has been confirmed as attending the meeting, which will be the first on the upgraded Wagga track.
WGRC did not during July as works were carried out to bring the Wagga surface up to an equal standard with Wentworth Park in Sydney and other major TAB circuits.
The $72,000 upgrade was made possible by a grant from the NSW Government’s Country Racing Fund, which allows regional tracks to improve infrastructure and facilities.
Wagga, which is one of 15 TAB tracks in NSW, and stages 26 TAB meetings a year, is an “integral” racing facility in the Riverina, Hogan says.
“The stewards described the new track surface as outstanding, and ready to race,” Hogan said.
“Wagga is an integral racing facility in the Riverina, so it is fitting that it now has a premier racing surface that participants in the region can take advantage of.
“The new surface also underlines Greyhound Racing NSW’s commitment to animal welfare, by raising the bar in terms of improving race safety.”
Member for Wagga Daryl Maguire and GRNSW general manager of Wagering, Media and Content Michael East will also be at the track tonight when the new surface makes its racing debut.
Although Wagga was out of action in July, the club did not lose the scheduled meetings, with the dates transferred to November.
Wagga’s return tonight will herald a rush of racing, including programs on August 22 (Friday), September 6 (Saturday), September 10 (Wednesday) and September 19 (Friday).
The twilight Saturday card is a one-off at the moment, but should pull in bonanza turnover.
WGRC stalwart Rod Oakman is excited about the upcoming meetings.
“I think they’ll be terrific,” he said.
“I’ll be lining all up mine.”
Tonight’s meeting starts at 5.39pm, with Uno Hugo (race four) and Cosmic Prince (race seven) the best bets
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