Flooding closes racecourse

Strathalbyn trainers are still unable to gallop their horses at the town’s racecourse after heavy rains almost three weeks ago caused severe damage to the tracks.

Damage caused by water entering the Strathalbyn racecourse has caused a major problem to the club and the trainers who use the facility.

The course proper, the inside grass track and a sand track in the centre of the course were inundated with water causing a damage bill of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Trainers who use the track – the second-largest racehorse training facility in SA – have been forced to transport their horses to tracks at Murray Bridge, Oakbank and Morphettville for fast work.
Only a small sand track suitable for trotting remains open at the course.
Strathalbyn Racing Club executive officer Sharon Cimarosti said water originating from Goolwa Road had entered two nearby paddocks, flowed under the railway line, rushed through to members carpark and onto the track.

For the full report, see the print issue of The Courier.