Awapuni racecourse given the all clear to resume racing
Awapuni Racecourse will be able to host the Gold Cup in March after safety repairs made to the track were given a thumbs up.
Racing has been on hold since mid-December, when a horse slipped mid-race, and the track was deemed unsafe by the sport's Racing Integrity Unit (RIU).
A final trial run was held this week to test the footing on the racecourse after repair work was done on the 900-metre corner of the track.
Race Group track manager Kim Treweek said the racecourse was given "glowing scorecards" by the jockeys participating in the trial.
Jockey Jonathan Parkes, the rider of the horse that slipped in December, said he was "100 per cent happy [there were] no problems" with the track now.
Industry representatives and senior jockeys and trainers met after the trial to review the track's safety.
The meeting gave the green light to the restart of racing in time for the Palmerston North Gold Cup in March.