Newcastle Jockey Club unveiled their new $11.2 million StrathAyr track on Tuesday as racing returned to the Broadmeadow circuit after almost 18 months off the scene.
The first four events were held on the redeveloped course proper with the remaining races back on the Beaumont Newcastle Track.
The solid Tuesday program saw dominance from both the leading Sydney trainer and jockeys ranks with Chris Waller and Brenton Avdulla both claiming four victories on the day. Earlier on the card they created history partnering Destination Tucson to win the first race on the new main track.
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Avdulla described the surface as “a track that drains very well and has been presented in great order. Full credit goes to Racing NSW and Newcastle Jockey Club, the track will bring all the leading trainers here because their horses will get every chance."
Newcastle Jockey Club’s Racecourse Operation Manager, Peter Birch, has been part of the redevelopment since day one and has praised Newcastle trainers for their understanding.
“It has been a long hard road for the local participants. With limited opportunities for horses to exercise on the Beaumont Newcastle Track between meetings we have been blessed with a good pro-ride surface and sand track to help alleviate the absence of a regular galloping track - and trainers have taken it in their stride,” he said.
“The track raced as a good 4 all day, it had a bit of cushion and with more racing we will see it settle into a lovely all-weather track. Positive feedback from Racing NSW and senior ATC track managers was very humbling,” Birch added.
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