Course work on track


It is hoped construction work at the storm-damaged Waimate Racecourse will be completed by the end of the year, with a view to racing returning to the track in March.
In September 2013, the roofs were blown off the grandstands and an administration building was also damaged.
Waimate Racecourse trustees reached a settlement with insurers but it was not considered viable to rebuild the facilities.
In September 2014, the trustees decided to replace the grandstands with two former classrooms from Weston School.
However, the transport of those buildings was delayed significantly and they were not on site until early 2015.
Trustee Bill Johnson said all major demolition work had been completed and work on the classrooms, which will house administration offices and facilities for male and female jockeys and drivers, was well under way.
“It’s going very well, actually. We’ve pulled down all of the tearoom area and the area under there, the tote and the ladies’ room have all been demolished, so we’re getting on well with it.
“The classrooms are all on site and have been refurbished and relined and showers are being put in … pretty much whatever you need on race day.
“All the heavy stuff has been done, so it’s the smaller tidying up jobs to do. We hope to be done by the end of the year.”
Mr Johnson was confident the Waimate Harness Racing Club’s annual March meeting would be staged at the track. It was run at Oamaru Racecourse in both 2014 and 2015.
He had no concerns about the condition of the track, which was still being used by local drivers and jockeys for training.
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