Six Harness Racing Tracks To Receive New Track Equipment

Six Harness Racing Tracks To Receive New Track Equipment

Victoria Minister for Racing Denis Napthine

Coalition Helps Deliver Better Surfaces And Safety For Harness Racing

Victor P Taffa

Victorian harness racing clubs will benefit from a $235,600 investment in new track equipment announced today by the Minister for Racing Denis Napthine.

Dr. Napthine said six clubs

  • Ballarat,
  • Cranbourne,
  • Mildura,
  • Terang,
  • Shepparton
  • Tabcorp Park at Melton.

 

would receive new graders, tractors or mobile barriers as part of a $235,600 joint funding package between the Victorian Coalition Government and Harness Racing Victoria (HRV).

“This funding will provide an upgrade of crucial machinery to ensure that these tracks are of a high standard for race days.” Dr. Napthine said.

“A well maintained and consistent racing surface helps ensure the welfare and safety of horses, drivers and trainers and is best achieved by using the most up-to-date equipment.”

“The Coalition Government is committed to providing high quality equipment to the Victorian harness racing industry. We want to see Victorian harness racing conducted on top quality tracks with the best safety measures to enable this exciting sport to grow and flourish.” Dr. Napthine said.

The track equipment includes:

• Mobile barriers, a crucial piece of equipment for a consistent start to harness races;

• Graders, used to smooth out the racing surface after each race;

• Tractors, used for multiple tasks such as towing graders and moving other machinery.

Harness Racing Victoria CEO John Anderson has welcomed the Coalition Government’s continued investment in harness racing in Victoria.

“This funding will assist clubs with vital equipment upgrades and it complements the commitment HRV has already made to its infrastructure.” Mr. Anderson said.

“HRV thanks the Coalition Government for its contribution and we will continue working in tandem to help sustain our clubs which are the lifeblood of our sport.”

The funding will see the following equipment supplied during the next month:

• Bray Raceway, Ballarat Mobile Barrier $50,000

• Cranbourne Racing Centre Grader $24,800

• Tabcorp Park, Melton Grader $24,800

• Mildura Recreation Reserve Mobile Barrier $50,000

• Dalvui Raceway, Terang Tractor $46,000

• Kialla Raceway, Shepparton Mobile Barrier $40,000

Dr. Napthine said harness racing was a major contributor to Victoria’s racing economy, with 25 professional harness racing clubs conducting more than 500 race meets last year, resulting in a total of nearly $34 Million distributed in prize money.