Bets off after vandalism at Phar Lap Raceway

02:17, May 11 2012

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