Racing back on track

The damaged grandstand which will be repaired.
The damaged grandstand which will be repaired.

Club chairman Pat Flynn confirmed that funding would be made available to begin work on the restoration ‘immediately’.

The club’s facilities were severely damaged by a storm in January, 2011, which wiped out a ticket box, adjoining marquee, an undercover tote area and ripped the roof off the historic heritage-listed grandstand. Since then, the club has held just one meeting.

With its grandstand unusable, there was no potential for horse racing at York as the building housed the jockey change and rest facilities, as well as the stewards area, the photo finish booth and the racecallers booth.

Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron signed off on grant money to start reconstruction of the facilities last week.

‘We will start groundwork on Tuesday’