TAMWORTH Greyhound Racing Club(TGRC) could join Tamworth Harness Racing Club (THRC) in its new $6million track south of the city after fruitful but informal discussions between club officials on Saturday.
On Friday, Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) exchanged contracts on a property at the corner of the New England Highway and Burgmanns Lane for the purpose of developing a new harness racing facility.
THRC acting chairman Mark Lowe said the development of a new track, the associated facilities and potentially a training centre ensures the future of harness racing in northern NSW and hopefully a resurgence within the industry across the entire region which also includes Armidale, Inverell and Narrabri.
“It will give the current participants renewed hope and interest and a platform to foster and develop the great potential that our sport has to offer and, with the help of our members, supporters and sponsors, we are determined to see this project succeed at all levels,” he said on Friday.
On Saturday he and fellow THRC board members, Greg McDonald and Greg Betts, met with TGRC president Robert Munn and long-serving committeeman Lloyd Rock.
“There is an opportunity there for us,” Munn said.
“But they have to talk to their people and we have to talk to ours (Greyhound Racing NSW).
“If there is a good feeling, then , yes, we will talk in depth. But it would seem a sensible thing for us.”
Currently the TGRC races 20 times a year but all are non-TAB meetings.
Munn said if the TGRC was to go to the new complex, then it would mean TAB racing.
Lowe said the THRC currently races 26 times a year.
“All those are TAB meetings,” Lowe said.
“There is a possibility the greyhounds could become a TAB track by moving with us and may race 52 times a year.
“ We currently race 26 times and would also hope to race more, increase that to maybe 40.
“The two clubs would be able to share facilities and complement each other.
“I think it would be a boost for both clubs.”
Lowe said the informal discussion explored all avenues and possibilities as well as being aware of future expansion for both clubs.
“They need to go to GRNSW and find out what they have to do.”
Both clubs currently race at old and worn facilities and believe new fresh starts can only benefit both clubs as well as harness racing and greyhound participants in the region.
THRC races next on Monday, November 11, an afternoon TAB meeting while the TGRC races again on Saturday, November 16.