This report is provided for general information purposes only.

Belmont Main Track

Key activities and comments are:

  • At the time of writing this report there are 15 meets to go at Belmont, with 29 race meetings taken place on the track. With just over 2 race meets per pad left the wear can be controlled but the challenge at this time of the year is from rainfall on the day with a compacted and uneven surface holding greater water and reducing infiltration through the profile.
  • The surface is in good condition having recovered from the frost damage occurred last month. The dry winter has ensured damage from wet weather racing has been kept relatively in check.
  • The 600m mark has suffered less damage this year due to a combination of sanding into core holes and re-activating the inside drain to ensure water gets away.
  • Ryegrass seeded a month ago is starting to take hold in the track, helping cover over the divots from the racing. This will also provide a canopy for the kikuyu during frost events and protect it slightly from wear.
  • Divotting sand to contain both rye seed and fertiliser to aid kikuyu wear and to help germinate rye seed.
  • Upfront plant available fertilisers that increase recovery and growth potential of the plant are being applied every 3 weeks over the entire track and after each meet on that specific pad.
  • Vertidraining of the track to a depth of 300mm is being undertaken every 4 weeks at present to relieve compaction but to also ensure improved water movement through the profile during rainfall events.


Belmont Trial Track

Key activities and comments are;

  • The track is holding up relatively well to the fast work and trial traffic through the colder June/July period.
  • The crossing areas have been slitted to try and move greater water away straight after rainfall. This area has water running from the road and takes wear from the RWWA screen truck so it is a sensitive area.
  • Oversowing of Ryegrass on the fastwork pad to ensure greater coverage.
  • Divotting sand to contain both rye seed and fertiliser to aid kikuyu wear and to help germinate rye seed.
  • Continual fertiliser being added to stimulate greater growth with the colder nights.


Ascot Main Track

Key activities and comments are;

  • The drainage works have been approved by RWWA and will commence on Monday 17th This work will see 2 machines lay pipework drain with spacing’s every 2m on a 45 degree angle out to 25m from the inside drain. This work will take approximately 5 weeks, leaving little time prior to Ascot opening for recovery, albeit disappointing, we should still proceed.

These drainage works have commenced on the ascot grass track from the 1000m mark around to the winning post on the east side of the course. Perth racing consider these works an important part of our strategy to keep improving the track surfaces and to provide an option for year round racing at both venues.

Whilst this work would have been ideally undertaken earlier, funding delays have meant that the work has only been approved in the past fortnight.

To alleviate any concerns about damage to the track, extensive consultation with the contractor was undertaken to modify the equipment to minimise both the trenching and vehicle movement damage.

We have also devised as part of this consultation, improved efficiency will the pipe installation to enable the works time to be reduced by 60%, meaning a 2 week timeframe to complete the works, weather depending.

As you can see by the attached photos, the surface disruption is minimal considering the scope of works.