Scone Race Club chief executive Heath Courtney confident of a good track on Friday

Eyes on Friday: Scone Race Club chief executive officer Heath Courtney is looking forward to the Country Championships Preview.
Eyes on Friday: Scone Race Club chief executive officer Heath Courtney is looking forward to the Country Championships Preview.

SCONE Race Club’s track will be in outstanding order when it stages its Country Championships Preview meeting this Friday.

The $20,000 Country Championships Preview Class 4 Handicap (1300m) is the feature event on the eight-race TAB program.

Nominations close 11am Monday, and trainers and owners alike will find a perfect racing surface, advised new SRC chief executive officer Heath Courtney.

“The track is in amazing condition,” Courtney said.

“With the hot weather and the constant watering we’ve promoted the growth and coverage of the track. It looks amazing, every horse will have its chance.”

The meeting is the first to be held by the SRC since the sad passing of club stalwart and president Noel Leckie.

His funeral drew a huge crowd to Scone to honour his life, memory and massive input into Scone Race Club.

“Noel was instrumental in getting me here,” Courtney said.

“I only knew him a short time but he was an outstanding man and administrator. We lost a lot of skill and knowledge with his passing. The club and I will have to dig deep to match that. But we will be having a special tribute to him on the Friday of the Scone Cup Carnival and the Country Cup will be named in his honour.”

He is hoping the 1300m Country Championship Preview will “attract a good field”.

The running rail has been moved out 5m on the spacious circuit to ensure the March 5 Country Championships Qualifier will be raced on the best possible surface.

The Country Championships start in Grafton today with the $150,000 Northern Rivers heat.