Five horses were galloped from 2200m mark on the Classic track at the Vaal on Tuesday and the jockeys who participated in the trial were positive afterward.
The Vaal Classic track will reopen on Tuesday next week after nearly a year.
The jockeys were Gunter Wrogemann, Donovan Mansour, Callan Murray, Mathew Thackeray and Hennie Greyling, who rode horses from the Johan Janse van Vuuren, Gokhan Terzi and Claude Walker stables.
Wrogemann was enthusiastic about the experience, telling Phumelela’s Darren McEwan it must now be one of the best tracks in South Africa.
Murray compared it favourably with the new Durbanville surface and the other three riders were also happy with the track.