Kenilworth renovation underway | Sports position

Greg Bortz takes another step on the road to Cape Racing’s rebirth by succeeding Brad Ralph as President of Kenilworth Racing.

To ensure a smooth transition to build on the momentum created in the Western Cape, Ralph will step down as chairman of Kenilworth Racing and hand over the reins to Bortz.

Greg Bortz – making things happen

A press release issued Tuesday by Kenilworth Racing says that Ralph devoted more than his time and emotional energy to ensuring KR’s survival and that they wanted to thank him for his service to the board and his ungrateful dedication and effort. over the past four years. years, including the last two as President.

Bortz added, “It has been an absolute pleasure working with Brad over the past few months. His calm demeanor, in-depth knowledge and love of racing are just some of the reasons KR has been able to survive the past few years, despite the harshest environments. KR as a whole, and I personally, look forward to maintaining our deep connection and friendship with Brad.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s return to Hollywoodbets Kenilworth, Bortz told The Sporting Post they are in the stages of a year-long project to modernize the historic southern suburban site.

“Most things will be completely indistinguishable to the public, but were critical fixes nonetheless. There were some really huge projects, including repairing the entire roof of the stand and neighboring buildings, all of which were leaking terribly. We changed most of the windows, which were lodged in broken frames and a potential future health hazard,” said Bortz, who added that upgrading the broken escalators was a massive repair job.

“We also repainted the entire building, installed perimeter fencing and renovated all the bathrooms. The carpets have been replaced and we have redone the floors throughout the building. Then there are the staff rest areas, as well as a new jockey room.

He said the KR team is working with third parties to add exciting new entertainment features to drive traffic to the site throughout the year. These will be announced in due course.

“The capital budget is large and the project is a work in progress. The scaffolding for roof and window maintenance will be removed for race day on Saturday and put back in place afterwards,” said Bortz, who suggested we should watch the news for major new non-race initiatives. (entertainment, food and drink) which would be announced in the coming months.

The first race at Kenilworth on Saturday will start at 12:35 p.m.