THE addition of a greyhound straight training track at Ulverstone is a revelation for trainers in the North-West region.
It replaces the trial track at Penguin that was lost to the industry when the location was rezoned residential.
The track is 250 metres long and six metres wide and has a covered shelter at the starting box end that boasts a new two-bay Steriline starting box.
Remote security cameras protect the track and surrounding area and since it opened last week at least 10 trainers have utilised the facility.
Tasmanian Greyhound Racing Hall of Fame trainer Butch Deverell is delighted with the finished product.
“We had a few months delay on getting the track finished but the wait has been worth it because it is a terrific facility,” Deverell said.
“All trainers need a place to free gallop their dogs and this track is one of the best.
“I have no doubt that even the trainers from Wynyard will be coming down to use this track and that’s a good thing.
“I believe a couple of the track staff from Spreyton (gallops) will be helping with the maintenance as we have access to a tractor that will be used to grade the track on a weekly basis.”
Construction on the track began in October last year and it was completed and handed over for use last Thursday.
Words by Peter Staples
Photograph by Tasracing.