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V'landys Says No Synthetic Tracks In NSW
Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'landys "says turf tracks are the way of the future for racing in NSW, stating there is no intention to install a synthetic track in the state" reported racenet.com.au. V'landys said Racing NSW is of the opinion "no synthetic racing surface on the market ticks all the boxes" & he "isn't prepared to invest in a synthetic track until there is a surface proven over 365 days of the year". He emphasised: "The reason is that it requires an investment of tens of millions of dollars, so we've taken the wait-and-see approach." V'landys noted the "way forward for racing in NSW is to look towards improvements in turf tracks by spending money on better drainage systems & new turf technologies. As part of the reconstruction programme of some tracks we will be using new innovative materials that we can trial for turf tracks. They will drain as well as synthetic tracks & hopefully have the same benefits of a synthetic track. Basically we are looking to have a turf track which has the same capabilities of a synthetic track." V'landys confirmed the matter "has been tabled with the Board, which could see some tracks in NSW receiving a complete facelift". He summed up: "I can't pre-empt a Board decision, but this is on the table. Things will start to happen in the coming months. We are in the process of looking at how we are going to spend our money. We may look at putting in these new age turf tracks up the North Coast first because of the amounts of rainfall they've been receiving in recent times."