Bets off after vandalism at Phar Lap Raceway
The South Canterbury Racing Club will take a financial hit after no on-course betting was available on their first race at Phar Lap Raceway today thanks to overnight vandalism of a TAB truck.
South Canterbury Racing Club president Kevin Brosnahan said it appeared a car had entered the track overnight for a joyride, and created tyre marks in the turf.
He said those involved also cut cables to a TAB truck which helped operate the on-course betting. Keyboards were also taken from the truck.
Mr Brosnahan said the club did look at calling off the meeting, which would have cost close to $25,000, but decided against it.
He said he was hopeful of getting on-course betting back as soon as possible to minimise the financial damage.
No one was available from the police to comment.
The Timaru Herald