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Racing Queensland (RQ) will host a new weekly meeting with track managers from across the state, following a successful workshop held in Brisbane last week.

Members from RQ’s infrastructure team were joined by a range of track management experts to meet with representatives from the Gold Coast Turf Club, Brisbane Racing Club, Sunshine Coast Turf Club, Cairns Jockey Club, Townsville Turf Club and Ipswich Turf Club.

RQ General Manager of Racing Simon Stout said a wide-range of topics were discussed, with a view to developing and implementing best practice strategies for the maintenance of racing surfaces.

“Topics included sand profile tracks and their requirements, material testing and sub-surface stability, benefits of aerating, turf management, soil biology and plant nutrition,” Mr Stout said.

Track managers have described the experts on hand to speak at the event as “first-class”.

“Feedback from the workshop has been extremely positive, which has led to RQ facilitating a new weekly teleconference for all TAB racecourse managers, starting this week,” Mr Stout said.

“It will provide an avenue for track managers across the state to tap into each-other’s knowledge base and help them collectively recognise trends that influence track maintenance.”
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