Meet Sugumaran Kerishnan, the man who plays a pivotal role in keeping our world-class facilities in tip-top condition
Maintaining the race tracks alone requires a tremendous amount of discipline and rigor.
“To optimise the tracks for racing, regular upkeeping of the turf is required daily with major works carried out at least a few times each year. We not only ensure that the tracks are continuously groomed and well irrigated, we also repair worn and damaged sections of the tracks, oversee track drainage as well as carry out horticultural practices and pest surveillance to condition the turf,” shared Kerishnan.
To facilitate the demanding requirements of their work during rainy seasons, the tracks team ideated and designed an outdoor drainage system that significantly improved the drainage capacity of the polytrack, making the racecourse the first in the world to implement such.
The brainchild of R Jayaraju, Head of Tracks, the project was completed in just three short months in early 2021.
Kerishnan expounded, “Thanks to our robust and innovative drainage system, we can now hold races shortly after a rain stops, instead of having to wait several hours in the past for the water to subside. Our technology has enabled us to prevent water ponding, which is especially useful when we are preparing for races during the rainy season.”
“Keeping our tracks and facilities top notch not only enhances horse performance but also minimises injuries on the tracks,” added Jayaraju.