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The Mackay Turf Club will resume racing on Saturday after receiving its first major upgrade in seven years following recent works to the course proper.
The renovation has rejuvenated the turf surface and improved infiltration through a reduction of organic matter, whilst strengthening the root system to withstand the constant pressures of horse racing.
All pests, diseases and unwanted weeds were also be treated throughout the process.
The upgrade will ensure that the next 12 months of racing at will be conducted on a pristine racing surface and follows a minor refurbishment in 2018.
Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe congratulated Racing Queensland and the Mackay Turf Club for working together to see the renovation completed.
“Safe racing for our participants is paramount, so it is vital to ensure that our tracks are in the best condition possible year-round,” he said.
The track was rested from all racing during the renovation period, with only one meet having to be postponed.
It will resume on Saturday by hosting a QTIS Jewel qualifier for three-year-olds.
“The track is going to come back as good as ever, and it is a credit to Racing Queensland for delivering this upgrade in such a timely manner,” Mackay Turf Club Deputy Chair Andrew McDonald said.
“All parties utilised a small window of opportunity for these works to happen and to only miss one racing meet as a result is a great outcome for our club.”
The $300,000 QTIS Jewel 3YO Final will be run over 1200 metres at the Gold Coast on March 14.