The Mandurah greyhound track will close for about three months following this Friday night’s race meeting, with extensive upgrades to the racing surface kicking off next week.
The renovations will see the existing track sand replaced with the new ‘Jennacubbine’ sand, which will standardize the Mandurah surface with the other two WA racetracks at Cannington and Northam.
Other works that will be conducted during the Mandurah shutdown include rail realignment and improving the transition heading into the turn as well as the replacement of a section of concrete track-retaining plinths.
The works are estimated to be completed by mid-August and have been timed to ensure the least amount of disruption to the racing calendar as possible.
The Mandurah track has undergone major upgrades in the past.
The original circuit, which commenced operation in 1979, was converted from grass to sand in 1989 before being superseded by the current track in 2006.
The track overhaul is in-line with Greyhounds WA’s philosophy of constant improvement, according to club general manager Noel Reilly.
“Greyhounds WA is committed to providing premium racing and state of the art venues,” Reilly said.
“These improvements will ensure the highest safety standards and animal welfare considerations.”
Mandurah’s three regular weekly race meetings will be distributed between Cannintgton and Northam during the shutdown.