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27/03/02 Adelaide Track Could Be The Best in the World: Cameron
John Cameron the CEO of the TRSA (Thoroughbred Racing South Australia) has declared the new Morphettville track will be one of the best in the world when it is opened later this month.

Cameron's comments tday come hot on the heels of major criticism from many industry leaders into the timing of the return with many including leading trainers and jockeys believing the track needed further time to consolidate.

Earlier this week TRSA and the SAJC announced that opening of the new track would be deferred until the Lakewood Stud Stakes Day on April 20, a fortnight after the original date.

A former jockey himself, Cameron claimed the track could well be the best in the world when it's finally unveiled and used for racing in April.

"As someone who has ridden on and walked courses throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia, America and Europe I believe that Morphettville will prove to be one of the best courses in the world," Cameron said.

"And the SAJC team should be commended for a job well done," he added.

Further gallops were conducted on the surface yesterday with Cameron saying that the condition was welcomed by major players.

"For those that witnessed the course gallops (yesterday) most were excited with the outcome."

"Local top apprentice Travis Creek said after (significant) rain at Morphettville 'the course was fantastic."

"Dan O'Sullivan (a leading local trainer) who also participated in the gallopers reiterated to all present that he could not believe how good the course was after the last night's heavy rain."

Cameron said racing officials are ensuring the track is 100 per cent safe for the return and they will not be placing anyone at risk.

"As an ex-jockey I have always been mindful that safety is paramount, a point to which, the TRSA Board now has a significant emphasis."

"Just as importnat though is the need for jockeys to be right about their preference to delay the use of the course or twisting their preference into a safety issue," he said.

Cameron found similarities between the likely maturity of the track and one of the state's most famous international and national exports.

"As the course matures it will only get better just like the SA great wines. Careful and planned usage of the track in the coming year will see the track continue to improve."

His confidence in the new track is clearly seen and he wrapped up by declaring "see you at the SAJC Carnival the best one yet to come."

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