Decompaction work helps Royal Windsor Racecourse get back on track after Saltex show

Saltex: A third more visitors but a more compact site. Photo Alex Deverill
Saltex: A third more visitors but a more compact site. Photo Alex Deverill

Speedcut Contractors has revealed its methods used to restore Royal Windsor Racecourse after this year's IOG Saltex show

The Oxfordshire company carried out work to alleviate compaction caused by metal track crossovers that carried heavy vehicles and visitors during the show.

Contractors also decompacted the ‘pull-up’ bend after the finish line, which they have done over the last four years.

This has improved root development and aids the traction of horses’ hooves to avoid slippage. 

Crossover walkways during Saltex carry large amounts of traffic with very heavy transport vehicles and Speedcut has been called for the last three years to solve compaction with its Gwazae deep-probe aerator. 

Royal Windsor clerk of the course and grounds manager Jeff Green said: "Speedcut do an excellent job.

"This is my fifth season at Windsor and we have developed a very good working relationship with Barry Pace and his team."

Contracts manager Barry said: "The Gwazae is ideal for deep decompaction with compressed air and we inject a seaweed solution, gypsum and a wetting agent into the holes for added lasting decompaction."

Immediately after Saltex when the walkways are removed, Jeff overseeds - using BSH A20 Ryesport - and covers the areas. Seed is pre-germinated for faster rooting.

Green said that this year’s hot dry conditions made things easier and the more compact layout of the show also helped.

"It was very noticeable from the Grandstand that the show was laid out with better avenues – and the number of flags on stands appears to have grown."

Speedcut managing director Dick Franklin visited SALTEX and bought a new John Deere 5100M from Farol of Thame, which had a stand at the show.

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