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Track manager Kurt Grunewald and his assistant Kevin Searle and their team have delivered the Hollywoodbets Greyville turf track in fine condition for the last couple of Durban July meetings and Saturday should be no different.

Kurt said, “We’re very happy where it is at this time of the year. I think it has held up very well for the amount of racing we’ve had. We have to preserve a virgin strip for the horses to run on on July day. It is a bit tougher to achieve these days with the narrow track compared to the pre-poly days, but we have kept a minimum of races on that strip. You will notice the strip is a lot more green and pure.”

The strip is about four metres wide and runs all the way from the 1600m mark to the straight. 

The back straight is used relatively seldom so this special management was not required on that section of the track. 

The track did not suffer any long term damage from the recent floods.

Kurt said, “Fortunately, it drained very well. We wouldn’t have had to move any meetings, but it was just due to the time of the year, when we were moving into our season, that we decided to stay off the track – it would have got cut up and taken time to recover. Apart from that there were no issues at all.”

He continued, “We have otherwise been fortunate with the weather. We had that one cold snap and everybody thought winter had arrived in a big way, but then we were back to just about summer weather. Obviously the daylight hours aren’t as long and that is what the grass needs to grow long and stay strong, but for this time of the year it is looking very good.”

The grass is looking nice and lush and Kurt confirmed the roots were strong.

It should lead to a great day’s racing.

Picture: Kurt Grunewald and Kevin Searle at the Holywoodbets Durban July Gallops (Candiese Lenferna).