A Chat With the Chairman by The Gurkha
The 2012 KBRC season is set to commence this Saturday with the Worldbase Race Day starting a 25 meeting season, which also features two meetings for the Coolgardie Race Club.
If Sunday’s official barrier trials are any sort of an indicator the KBRC is in for a bumper year.
The KBRC Chairman Steve Young is confident that the Race Club will continue to perform to the standards of previous years and is full of praise for a variety of initiatives that have been completed during the off season.
“We certainly haven’t been idle over the past six months. We have completed an $180,000 overhaul of the horse swimming pool which includes a new filtration system, special coating for the concrete and a new entrance into the pool with fencing all round.” Young told The Gukha.
“The new plastic maw safe running rail has been installed as part of a safety initiative funded by RWWA. Apart from being safer for horse and jockey they are 30% more time efficient when it comes to moving the rail to different positions throughout the year.”
“We had to rebuild the barriers after they were blown over by that storm that hit a week after the Round last year. The track looks in sensational condition and with the recent rains received on the Goldfields’ we couldn’t be in a better position to start the season.”
The KBRC has recently advertised for a CEO which is part of a new process undertaken to transfer the existing Committee into a Board.
“We are changing the role of the Committee into a Board based structure and part of that process is to have a Chief Executive Officer. It is all part of embracing the corporate governance which is expected of a business the size of the Kalgoorlie Boulder Race Club.”
Young is also hopeful the weighing and recording of racehorse’s weight on race day will increase turnover in the lucrative Singapore export market.
“Our information from Singapore indicates that the punters up there rely on the weight of horse’s as much as sectional times-for that reason we will reposition the horse scales near the main horse gate.”
“When the horses arrive on course they will be weighed and have their microchips recorded. From there that information will be relayed on course and up to Singapore.”
With regard to the later start to the season, Young made comment that the Club was mindful of the Bunbury Carnival when setting their seasons dates.
“Traditionally we have started a fortnight earlier but we would have been very close to Bunbury. We are also finishing a week later this year so the delayed start actually fits in well with the state calendar as a whole.”
“It appears the horse numbers in town are very healthy and once we get through the initial period and get to the stage of the season when weekly racing commences; I expect to see strong fields and competitive racing each week.” Young concluded.