Kevin Scott (Letters, Sentinel-Times 28/06/15, p20) is correct when he argues that we should do what we can to save the summer racing program at Stony Creek.
It is quite clear that the racing authorities are now focussing their attention on the new facility at Pakenham and the upgraded Cranbourne track to the possible detriment of South Gippsland country racing.
Now it is all very nice to go along to these fancy facilities with their posh restaurant and bars and large TV screens on track but it is another experience altogether to trundle along to Stony Creek for a day at the races.
Hot pies, home baked scones in the dining room staffed by volunteers, horses, jockeys and trainers within touching distance, bookies in their open shed and a cold beer in the bar overlooking the winning post, baking hot in the summer sun and freezing when a cool change whips in from the south, the great view as the thoroughbreds strain up the tough finishing straight and the cheer as they thunder past the post – this is what Aussie country racing is all about.
It is an experience that the thousands of visitors to the region enjoy and look forward to.
It supports the local economy and the local trainers and patrons.
It is an Aussie experience which must be protected.
Charles Farquhar, San Remo