Racing Victoria (RV) Chief Executive, Giles Thompson, has today paid tribute to Victoria’s track managers for their work throughout the 2019 Spring Racing Carnival.
With the three-month Carnival set to conclude with the Sportsbet Ballarat Cup meeting this Saturday, Thompson has praised the state’s track staff for the racing surfaces they’ve delivered during Victoria’s peak racing period.
“The quality of the tracks this Spring Racing Carnival has been nothing short of outstanding and it has provided for exceptional racing in which the best horses and riders have excelled,” Thompson said.
“We’ve got an outstanding group of track managers and staff across the state and it is pleasing to see all their hard work rewarded when the spotlight is shining at its brightest.
“Preparing great racing surfaces is not an easy assignment, but the track managers and their staff have risen to the challenge this Spring Racing Carnival and are to be applauded.”
Thompson paid special tribute to the State’s four metropolitan track managers for their work in preparing great racing surfaces for the state’s biggest racedays.
“Hats off to Liam O’Keefe, Jason Kerr, Marty Synan and Tim Bailey for their efforts in managing the delivery of outstanding racetracks at Flemington, Caulfield, The Valley and Sandown respectively over the past three months,” Thompson said.
“Each of these track managers faces a unique challenge with our spring program and they have done an excellent job providing safe and competitive racing surfaces for all riders, trainers, owners and punters.”
Thompson also acknowledged the contribution of the large band of track staff based at country racetracks who’ve each played a pivotal role across the Carnival.
“The Spring Racing Carnival showcases racing across the state with Ballarat marking the 26th country cup this Saturday. Thanks to the tireless efforts of our country track managers and their staff we’ve enjoyed competitive racing in all corners of Victoria this spring and I want to also acknowledge their important contribution to the Carnival,” Thompson said.
“Away from raceday, I want to also thank track manager Paul Downes from the Werribee Racing Club for his efforts in preparing the training surfaces at the TAB International Horse Centre which has played host to 43 visiting and imported horses since August.”