Premiership winning jockey Graham Kliese praised the Townsville Turf Club track, following the first jump-outs held on the track since remediation works were carried out by Racing Queensland.
Horses returned to the track on Tuesday morning, following works to scarify, mow and hollow tine the surface to remove organic matter, with positive feedback from jockeys and trainers.
Kliese said the track played “super” and expects it will be ready for action when racing resumes at Cluden Park on Thursday, September 28.
“I only rode in one jump-out but it felt super under foot,” he said.
“It’s always been a good track but it just needed a little bit of help and a little bit of time.”
Pictures last week showed in excess of 150mm of root depth at eight different locations across the track, pleasing Racing Queensland (RQ) Infrastructure staff and TTC officials.
Kliese said the track was solid under foot with no noticeable turf kickback.
The only kickback reported came from the top layer of sand used in the remediation process.
“I’m not a track expert but I believe it’s ready to handle race fields,” Kliese said.
Townsville Turf Club Chairman Malcolm Petrofski said the initial reports from jockeys had been positive.
“The riders have reported that the track was solid under foot, which allowed their mounts to find their pace with minimal toe-in,” he said.
“There was some sand kickback due to the quantity of sand used in the remediation works but that sand will settle.
“The track renovation to date has been very successful. I’d like to thank Racing Queensland, the local track staff, and the people who have volunteered their time to assist in the remediation of the track for their tremendous effort and I look forward to the races on Thursday,” he said.