The Country Showcase meeting will go ahead next week after Racing NSW officials inspected the problematic track on Thursday morning, the Tamworth Jockey Club administrator has said.
Track-safety issues linked to the $450,000 drainage upgrade of the course late last year, which resulted in Tamworth losing two December meetings, had been resolved, David Jewell said.
Racing NSW appointed Jewell TJC administrator this month after it launched an inquiry into what Jewell said primarily related to the TJC "not necessarily" following Racing NSW policies and procedures.
The Tamworth Country Music Capital Raceday will be staged next Thursday, and will feature eight TAB races.
Jewell said the track damage that resulted in the abandonment of the two December meetings had been resolved, with the grass now "fully recovered".
"It had almost a two-and-a-half-month break, and it looks fantastic," he said.
He added: "Yes, there were some issues around follow-up work that the club hadn't done to Racing NSW's direction, and that's what eventually contributed to the delay [in racing's return].
"But it was mainly just the fact that it was too hot and dry in early November"
Jewell said a focus of the Racing NSW inquiry related to the tending process for work done on the TJC's cinder track late last year that cost about $50,000 and was paid for by the club.
Tamworth track received all clear this morning following an inspection by RNSW officials. Noms close tomorrow for next Thursday’s Country Music showcase meeting. Tamworth has not raced since Melbourne cup day after delays following extensive new drainage work was completed pic.twitter.com/fTBRSNcfOv— david jewell (@DavidjJewell) January 13, 2021
"And there's a couple of other issues as well that I'm not really prepared to go into at this stage," he said, adding that there "wasn't necessarily due process followed" in the cinder-track tendering process.
The inquiry, he continued, will examine why the TJC did not follow Racing NSW policies and procedures. "And the consequences of that will be part of the inquiry," he added.
This month Racing NSW accepted an offer from the TJC board to stand aside.
The Leader is not suggesting the board was involved in any wrongdoing.
Jewell - a racing industry veteran and most recently chief executive of Wyong Race Club - is overseeing TJC's day-to-day operations, after commencing the job this week.
It was unclear when the inquiry would conclude, he said.
"Basically, I think everyone wants the right outcomes," he continued. "So, it's just a matter of [everyone] working together."
Jewell expects to stay in his current role for the foreseeable future, overseeing work on a total overhaul of TJC's sand track that was expected to start by early March and cost upwards of $1 million.
"It's a significant development for the club," he said. "So I assume, at this stage, that I'll help manage that project."
Last month the TJC's track manager Lindsay Bowne was "terminated", Jewell said, adding that Bowne's replacement had not yet been found.