Final race for the season on Acton Track

With the onset of spring, Friday August 7 will be the final meeting on the Acton synthetic surface for 2018.

On September 21, racing will revert to the course proper and Canberra Racing Club CEO Peter Stubbs says he expects it to be in good condition for the return.

“It’s had a full restoration; dethatching, recycle topdressing, seeding and fertilising, and will benefit further from some sun in the next few weeks,” he said.

The Acton track provided an outstanding racing surface throughout the winter and its development, preparation and restoration in 2016 was recognised last week at the Australian Race Course Managers Association conference in Perth.

Canberra Racing Club Racecourse and facilities manager, Adam Ayre received the 2018 Toro Australia Rising Star Award.

Association manager and secretary Warren Williams said:  “Adam’s experience and implementation of the Acton synthetic surface impressed everyone and the award was well deserved”.

In part, the award will see Adam attend the Toro Australia Turf Seminar in another step towards his development and aspiration to become a metropolitan racecourse manager.

Meanwhile, the connections of the Group 1 winning Happy Clapper will speak at Friday’s Thoroughbred Club Lunch at the Canberra race club.

Trainer Pat Webster will join outright owner Michael Thomas at the event.

Thomas was a long-time Canberra bookmaker and bred Happy Clapper, as well as his dam and grand-dam.

Webster is a renowned speaker and not surprisingly the lunch is a sell-out.