Remedial work for Pakenham synthetic

A harrowing of Pakenham’s synthetic surface on Tuesday morning is expected to have the track ready for the afternoon’s meeting in the wake of recent criticism of the surface by a number of trainers.

Club chief executive Michael Hodge conceded in a tweet on Sunday night that the synthetic track did not meet expectations at the Sunday meeting but that he was confident synthetic track experts would rectify the problem where participants were complaining of too much kick-back creating a horse welfare issue.

Hasan has already scratched his two runners Pure Decision (race four) and Coco Set (race six) from the Tuesday meeting and it is expected Little will withdraw Vegas Knight from the third event.

In all, 10 horses had been scratched from the nine-race meeting by noon on Monday. The Pakenham synthetic track has certainly had its share of winter work over the past month with four race meetings and a set of 11 trials held on the surface in a 21-day period since July 2.