Vaal on track for Heritage

Vaal on track for Heritage

Recent frost and cold night temperatures retarded grass growth at Vaal Racecourse and necessitated switching two fixtures from the Vaal Classic track to Turffontein, but the Vaal 1600m straight surface should be ready for the Grand Heritage race meeting on Saturday 29 September.

Thomas Rasasamola, Phumelela’s senior track manager, buoyed by the forecast of much warmer temperatures in the days leading up to the race, said: “We had a similar experience prior to last year’s running of the Grand Heritage, but fortunately warmer night temperatures came in the nick of time, spurring grass growth and boosting recovery.”

Cape Town-based Dean Diedericks, Phumelela’s national tracks manager, will continue to assist and will be in Johannesburg from Sunday to monitor progress. – Phumelela

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