Victoria Minister for Racing Martin Pakula
New Starting Gates For Flemington And Cranbourne
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Andrews Government today announced a joint funding package of more than $160,000 to install new practice starting gates at Flemington Racecourse and Cranbourne Training Complex.
“The Andrews Government is proud to be providing the racing industry with upgraded facilities which make it safer for trainers, jockeys and horses.” Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said.
“Flemington and Cranbourne are the two largest training venues in the state and we want to make sure that they have up-to-date training facilities.”
State Government is contributing more than $80,000 through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF) and Racing Victoria (RV) is matching the contribution.
Existing practice gates at both Flemington and Cranbourne have become increasingly unreliable, requiring ongoing repairs to maintain them at an acceptable standard.
“Racing Victoria, the Victoria Racing Club, and the Cranbourne Turf Club are grateful to the Victorian Government because it will allow Flemington and Cranbourne to replace their ageing starting gates used in training for trials and jump-outs.” Racing Victoria’s Executive General Manager Infrastructure and Club Support, Jamie McGuiness said.
Cranbourne Training Complex and Flemington Racecourse will receive almost 80,000 each for the new gates.
“Infrastructure funding such as this is crucial to ensure that our thoroughbred training facilities remain world-class and can service the needs of thousands of industry participants.” Mr. McGuiness said.
New practice starting gates will meet improved safety designs and will benefit track riders, jockeys, horses and barrier attendants.
Cranbourne gates were delivered in November and the Flemington gates are expected to arrive later this month. The Cranbourne Training Complex and Flemington Racecourse are the largest training venues in the state and conduct more than 100 sets of trials and jump outs each year. More than 170 trainers use the venues to train over 2,500 horses.
Racing industry in metropolitan and outer Melbourne generates more than $1.87 Billion for the Victorian economy and helps sustain more than 17,300 full-time equivalent jobs locally.