HAVING had time to digest the news they so anxiously waited for during the past six weeks, South Australian participants are rejoicing the outcome and looking keenly into the future.
Just to recap the stand-off between Harness Racing SA and the South Australian Harness Racing Club, which began with HRSA issuing the club an ultimatum on March 29, reached its conclusion on Monday.
As such racing will return to Globe Derby on June 1 for the first time since April 8.
“It’s good they’re bringing the races back to Globe Derby,” leading horseman Ryan Hryhorec said. “It is our premier track and is where we get the best coverage and turnover.”
Arguably the biggest outcome from the arrangement is HRSA will assume responsibility for management and facilitation of racing and training operations at Globe Derby.
While some may say the action is decades late, chairman Gary Crocker and his committee, along with chief executive Ross Neal, have ultimately achieved a feat many have been desperate to see become a reality.
HRSA’s control of the complex is scheduled to come into effect on July 1.
Part of HRSA’s management of the tracks will be collection of training fees, with the governing body stating the money will be put back into the facility via the way of maintenance and improvements.
“Having racing back at Globe Derby is sensational news,” prominent trainer Darren Billinger said. “It’s what we have been wanting all along.
“Having a training fee set up which is fair and the same for everyone is a terrific idea, especially if the money is going back into the facilities.
“For example there hasn’t been new shell grit on the training track for about eight months, so the fees going back to the trainers via things like that is a win for everyone.”