Ascot’s track upgrade unveiled

Cameron Sutherland (General Manager Tracks) with the new Pro Ride Synthetic Track.
Cameron Sutherland (General Manager Tracks) with the new Pro Ride Synthetic Track.

The new track is considered to be a major advancement in surface technology to benefit the WA thoroughbred industry.

The track consists of a polymer-based binder to offer a greater level of hoof support that should lead to fewer injuries, to extend the careers of horses and ultimately increase field sizes, according to RWWA.

Western Australian Racing Trainers’ Association president Michael Grant said the track eliminated the need for watering and was a major boost for local trainers.

‘It will put Ascot at the forefront of Western Australian racing,’ Mr Grant said.

‘It is a terrific springboard ahead of the summer carnival and with fewer injuries it will optimise horses’ chances, which ultimately will give owners an improved opportunity of gaining a return on their investment.’

RWWA chief executive Richard Burt said the $3.5 million investment was deemed essential due to deterioration of the synthetic surface and the risk to riders and horses.