Meeting to decide track’s fate

By Seymour Telegraph

A meeting this week between Seymour Racing Club and Racing Victoria is expected to shed some light on the immediate future of the Seymour race course.

The track has not hosted a meeting in almost two months after the surface for the April 10 fixture, which was the first meeting back after a three-and-a-half-month break, was not up to industry standard.

Three meetings have been transferred to other venues and it is expected this week the June 7 and June 20 meetings will also be transferred.

Constant testing has been done on the track since April 10 and the club is awaiting results from an independent agronomist before deciding on action, in consultation with RV.

‘‘We have done all that we could since our most recent meeting to find out what is the cause of the problem, but as yet we have not reached any firm conclusions,’’ SRC chief executive Penny Reeve said.

‘‘Unfortunately, despite all the testing and remedial work, the track does not appear to have improved.

‘‘We look forward to sitting down with Racing Victoria and deciding the best course of action going forward.’’

Two more meetings are scheduled this season on July 2 and July 19.

The first meeting of the new season is due to be run on Saturday, August 18.

The meeting between SRC and Racing Victoria took place as the The Telegraph went to print. More information will be available at http://www.seymourtelegraph.

●Despite the moving of race meetings, the club has continued to run draws for keys as part of its Seymour Toyota Yaris Members’ Draw.

Last Friday, Madge Marsh of Whittlesea was the lucky winner, along with Dail Standfield, who was selected in the May 10 draw.

They are now in the running to win the Yaris, which will be drawn on August 18.

●Friday’s meet, moved to Werribee, denied Seymour the chance to host the debut of a member of Australian racing royalty with a product of Makybe Diva making her debut.

Divanation, a three-year-old daughter of the three-time Melbourne Cup winner and Black Caviar’s half-brother All Too Hard, made a winning start to her career, cruising home by 2.25 lengths in a 1625m maiden.

The Tony McEvoy-trained filly is the fourth product of Makybe Diva to hit the racetrack, but the first to make a winning start to its career.

Makybe Diva also has an unraced two-year-old daughter of Starspangledbanner, who is in the care of champion trainer Chris Waller and has been named Demand Attention.

—Brad Bishop