It was announced on Wednesday that work has commenced on a new straight seven-furlong track at Cork Racecourse, Mallow, which, when complete, will be a unique addition to Irish racing.
Groundworks began this month on extending the current six-furlong sprint track, making it one of only two straight seven-furlong facilities in the country.
The €600,000 development works form part of the Horse Racing Ireland Racetrack Improvements Scheme, available to racecourses throughout the country to encourage the continued improvement of racecourse track and associated works through the provision of capital grant aid.
Of the 26 racecourses in Ireland eligible to apply for funding under the scheme, 25 made applications, showing their continued commitment to providing the best running surfaces possible in collaboration with HRI who are providing 40% of the cost of approved projects.
The two-year capital investment by Cork Racecourse also includes the levelling and widening of the existing straight, upgrades to track drainage, a canter down and a new Briggs watering system.
Commenting on the track improvement Chairman of Cork Racecourse Mallow, Tom Gaffney, said: “The investment in the track, extending the sprint track to seven-furlongs displays the ambition of Cork Racecourse, and the extensive works on the current straight reflects the objective of the board members to provide the optimum ground for racing. The work now being carried out follows consultation and input from trainers and jockeys.”