Racing set to return to Glenburnie in early December

By David Gilbert

THOROUGHBRED racing will hopefully return to Glenburnie racecourse on Friday, December 3 following an 18 month absence.

The last local meeting to be run here was back on June14, 2020 and, since then, the much maligned reconstructed track has been given plenty of time to recover to be ready for constant racing and track work in the future.

Members and supporters of the Mount Gambier Racing Club were informed of such at the club’s AGM on Wednesday night.

“That is the plan at this stage,” outgoing Mount Gambier Racing Club president John O’Connor said earlier this week.

‘If it all goes to plan, it will be a huge relief to local trainers who have suffered big time by having to go backwards and forwards to the Millicent racecourse to train their horses.”

All going well, Friday, December 3 will also be Mount Gambier cup day and, at this stage of the seemingly never-ending Covid-19 pandemic, the crowd will be capped at 1,200 (1,000 for ticket sales plus 200 racing industry personnel).

Prior to that date, the track will come under scrutiny of the racing industry when it is put to the test with several horses galloping on the course proper.