The bulldozers are moving in and the sledgehammers are at the ready as demolition work finally begins on the worn out grandstand at Royal Randwick.
It could take a month and a half for the structure to be completely torn down and then the real work will start on transforming the precinct.
It’s been about 10 weeks since that last meeting at Randwick but only now are visible signs of progress being made.
The 20 year old grandstand was originally brought to life by the Queen but it will be a sea of hi-vis that delivers the killer blow.
In its place will be reborn a brand new state of the art facility as well as a makeover to turn Randwick into a world class racing venue.
Australian Turf Club CEO Darren Pearce says work is on schedule and they should be back in working order by March.
“We have carefully planned the redevelopment process and it is good to see that the demolition work has begun on schedule, putting us on track for a return to Randwick on March 17 for the Randwick Guineas meeting,” Pearce said.
Obviously things won’t be perfect for the next few months but he’s pleased the facility will still be able to retain their key dates.
“We will be operating at a restricted capacity on the day (Randwick Guineas) and throughout the three Sydney carnival dates but the good thing is we will be racing at Randwick,” he said.
Warwick Farm is the next Sydney venue to host a feature day, the Listed Australia Day Cup to be run over 2400m this Thursday.
This will be a support act though to the country’s main focus which will be on Caulfield in Melbourne.
The Blue Diamond Preview’s for both genders will be run during the twilight card which starts at 3.25.
Punters should note that the Preview’s are likely to be run in slots three and four on the program leaving them out of the quaddie.