With almost 200 projects funded through the CRP, Innisfail’s upgrades are the single biggest project to date that has been delivered and will provide the North Queensland racing industry with another quality venue.
The upgrades include a reprofile of the course proper to fix the reverse camber and installation of sand slit drainage to course proper from the 500 metres to the 900 metre mark and 1100 metres to the 1500 metres, including the 1200 metre and 1500 metre chutes.
On top of that, there has also been an installation of a new plastic inside running rail and relocation of the existing inside running rail to the outside running rail.
The experienced Potiris is hopeful Innisfail will receive some rain in the coming weeks and explained that if they do, the new track will be cherry ripe for their return date, which is set down for the 14th of August.
The reopening of the track will double as the popular “Banana Industry Race Day” at Innisfail, which will host six races, and will be run as a TAB meeting.
Innisfail held their first TAB meeting for more than a decade in November and the upgraded track could well provide further opportunities into the future after mainly racing on the non-TAB circuit in recent years.
Fellow Innisfail trainer Krystin Allender, who had gelding Danger One in Tuesday’s jump outs, said the new track was in good order.
Cairns-based rider Masayuki Abe, who took part in Tuesday’s jump outs, said the new part of the track was “great” with a solid grass covering.