Horses may bolt, jockeys may fall – thankfully, not very often, but when they do a new pvc safety rail system will help to significantly reduce the impact.
Scone Race Club chief executive officer, Sarah Wills, said the new rails installed at the Scone Race Club this week would greatly improve horse and jockey safety.
“It’s an amazing product with a special kick away rail feature that when impacted, the bottom of the post simply comes away from the rail which greatly reduces the risk to horse and the ride,” Ms Wills said.
“This new system is so flexible, the post just pops out of its cup at the bottom of the post while the railing bounces the horse back onto the course.”
It has taken ten days for contractors to erect more than 2600 metres of the UV coated pvc pipe safety railing which has a special coating designed to prolong the rail’s life.
Ms Wills said the old rail at the Scone Race Club, which was still in great condition, would be used to upgrade another country track in NSW.
The upgrade was funded by a NSW government initiative managed by Racing NSW to improve
racehorse, greyhound and trotting facilities.
Thirty country race clubs will receive the new railing as part of the initiative, with Scone Race Club the first racecourse to have the new rails installed.