A self-funded $150,000 project to install a new plastic running rail at Kembla Grange has been finished in time for the Illawarra Turf Club's next meeting on Tuesday.
The flexible rail is designed to absorb the impact of horses which may be shunted towards the fence, minimising the risk of injury to horses and riders alike.
"It's a significant investment in our track and the project has been completely self-funded by the Illawarra Turf Club," ITC chairman Peter De Vries said.
"The safety of jockeys and horses is something that is never compromised and this running rail is another step towards ensuring they enjoy first-class facilities at Kembla Grange."
The rails are designed to flex and bend when hit, with the posts breaking away if greatly impacted.
The task of installing the rail along the inside portion of the Kembla track took more than two days, with the ITC project enhancing Kembla's profile.
Plans are under way to do the same on an outside portion of the track near where horses exit the mounting yard.
Racing NSW has already used a $3.5million grant to fund the installation of the new safety measure across the state's country-based tracks.