The much-needed redevelopment of the Elwick thoroughbred track may be on hold but it remains Tasracing’s major capital works priority.
The project has already been put back 12 months and some in the industry have been speculating that it may be further delayed due to lack of funding.
However Tasracing chief executive Vaughn Lynch has used his latest online newsletter to confirm that behind-the-scenes work is progressing.
The target date for the start of construction work remains February next year, immediately after the running of the 2019 Hobart Cup.
Mr Lynch said Tasracing had appointed highly-experienced firm Dalton Consulting Engineers (DCE) to undertake the concept design work.
“It is proposed that DCE will present a range of conceptual designs for evaluation by industry stakeholders,” he said.
“The next step will be to shortlist designs that will be costed before being presented to the Tasracing board for consideration and funding.
“The final design scenario will then be put to suitably recognised thoroughbred track constructors for tender.”
Mr Lynch said the contract for the project was scheduled to be awarded before spring.
Turf for the new track will be planted in August-September this year. It will be 12 months before it is ready for laying on the course.
Racing at the venue is due to recommence in time for the 2020 Hobart Cup carnival.
Waterhouse hobby breeder Mandy Gunn got just about the perfect result in the $50,000 3YO Classic at Mowbray on Sunday.
Not only did she have the thrill of breeding a feature race quinella – Banca Bet beating Mandela Effect by a nose – but she kept the right one to race herself.
Gunn retained ownership of Banca Bet but sold Mandela Effect at the 2016 Magic Millions sale in Launceston.
Trainer Scott Brunton, who prepares both horses, paid $18,000 for Mandela Effect who is now raced by other stable clients.
Banca Bet has raced six times for four wins and two seconds while Mandela Effect’s seven starts have netted two wins and four seconds.
The seven-race harness meeting at Mowbray on Sunday will start earlier than usual and be all over shortly after 8pm.
That should please participants who regularly complain about late finishes on Sunday nights.
Star apprentice Raquel Clark will return from South Australia, where she has won 54 races this season, to ride at Spreyton on Sunday.