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PharLapStatue.jpg The Race That Stops A Nation
18 Aug 2008 - Racing / Equestrian - Mick Goodie
Standing at the entrance to Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia is a majestic bronze statue of one of the country's greatest sporting icons. Indeed, there is a case for saying that he is the most famous sporting legend of all in a country that is awash with sports stars.

Elwick Racecourse Ashley Williams & Tasmania's Summer Racing Carnival.
17 Aug 2008 - Racing / Equestrian - Editor
Roses are in full bloom and lawns mowed, in anticipation for the 2008 Summer Racing Carnival. Every fine detail has been tended to and if it hasn't the scissors will come out, joked Elwick Racecourse manager Ashley Williams.

TIO Stadium Negotiations to Merge Brisbane Turf Club
15 Aug 2008 - Racing / Equestrian - Editor
The Brisbane Turf Club (BTC) is pinning its future on a successful merger with the Queensland Turf Club (QTC).

Second Turf Track For Morphettville Racecourse
14 Aug 2008 - Racing / Equestrian - Editor
There will be money in next week's South Australian Budget to build a second turf track at Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide.

Randwick's Turf Survives WYD
26 Jul 2008 - Racing / Equestrian - Editor
Special turf grown in case Randwick Racecourse didn't survive World Youth Day (WYD) may not be needed, festival officials say.

Flemington racecourse Flemington Update For Grand National
28 Jun 2008 - Racing / Equestrian - Mick Goodie
Track manager Mick Goodie applied 3mm of water on Thursday. "I know some jumping people would like me to water again today but it has a great cover of grass"

Sacred ground  this grass is being grown in the Hawkesbury to be planted at Royal Randwick so racing can resume after the turf is trampled during World Youth Day. 10,000Sqm Of Turf For Royal Randwick
20 May 2008 - Racing / Equestrian - Editor
About 10,000 square metres of grass is being grown in case the turf at Sydney's Randwick Racecourse is damaged during World Youth Day in July.

Master Plan World of Golf for Canterbury Park Racecourse
12 May 2008 - Racing / Equestrian - Editor
Canterbury City Council unanimously approved World of Golf Australia Pty Ltd's application at its meeting last night, paving the way for a new Australian standard in golfing facilities to be constructed at Canterbury Park.

Toowoomba Turf Club Big Debate
3 May 2008 - Racing / Equestrian - Editor
A Clifford Park development plan will be the next cannon rolled out by Toowoomba Turf Club (TTC) and Queensland Racing Limited (QRL) as debate surrounding the installation of a synthetic racetrack at the course reaches a climax.

Track Manager Watson Retires from Flemington
30 Apr 2008 - Racing / Equestrian - Editor
Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Chief Executive, Dale Monteith today announced the retirement of Terry Watson as the VRC's General Manager Flemington, effective from Friday 2 May, after 43 years in the Victorian Racing Industry.

Towong Turf Club Towong Turf Club Looks Set to Close
11 Apr 2008 - Racing / Equestrian - Editor
Management at the Towong Turf Club says it is likely to fold in the next five years.

The Sunshine Coast Turf Club Track consistency will be key to New Surface in QLD.
5 Apr 2008 - Racing / Equestrian - Editor
Cushion track is the trade name for a combination of wax, fibres and high quality sand to produce an all-weather training surface which can also be used for racing. After yesterday's trials there was minimal marking of the surface and an acceptable level of "kick back" from horses at top speed. The track is a valuable training tool if it can withstand the harsh Queensland climate.

Mowbray Racecourse $10 million upgrade of the Track at Launceston
3 Mar 2008 - Racing / Equestrian - Editor
Work begins today on a $10 million upgrade of the track at Launceston's Mowbray Racecourse. The state-of-the-art track is due to be completed by the end of November. The Tasmanian Turf Club's chief executive, Robert Biffin, says work will begin as soon as the clean-up is complete from yesterday's Launceston Cup.

Cranbourne Hole Lot a Trouble At Cranbourne!
13 Feb 2008 - Racing / Equestrian - Editor
Racing Victoria Limited dodged a multi million-dollar bullet when a deep hole was discovered opposite the winning post at yesterday's autumn-defining trials at Cranbourne.

Grafton Cup Changing of the guard at CRJC
27 Jan 2008 - Racing / Equestrian - Editor
A changing of the guard at Clarence River Jockey Club (CRJC) this week, as three staff members prepare to take up new positions around the country.

Palm Meadows Racetrack Plans Axed
14 Jan 2008 - Racing / Equestrian - Editor
Gold Coast Turf Club chairman Hoss Henrich says flooding rains have poured cold water on plans for a new horse racing precinct at Palm Meadows.

Ipswich Turf Club Ipswich Turf Club Welcome Return
29 Dec 2007 - Racing / Equestrian - Editor
Ipswich Turf Club will this weekend welcome the return of racing, almost four months to the day a meeting was last held at the Bundamba track.

Warick Farm Warwick Farm Racecourse Closed
26 Dec 2007 - Racing / Equestrian - Editor
Warwick Farm will be closed as a racing venue for the next six months. The Australian Jockey Club is expected to make an application to Racing NSW to transfer the remaining 11 race meetings scheduled for Warwick Farm this season to other tracks.

Werribee racecourse Werribee Suspended Indefinitley
4 Dec 2007 - Racing / Equestrian - Editor
Werbiee Racetrack was suspended indefinitley from racing by the VRC

The Penetrometer Courses for Horses
30 Nov 2007 - Racing / Equestrian - Nerissa Hannink
A major factor in the outcome of a horse race is the track itself, so categorising the track for effective race plans and betting strategies is essential. Researchers at the University of Melbourne have developed methods which when used in combination gave a reliable assessment of turf condition.

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