Flemington Racecourse Training Track To Undergo $1.56 Million Upgrade

Flemington Racecourse Training Track To Undergo $1.56 Million Upgrade

Victoria Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

$1.56 Million Upgrade For Flemington Training Track

Victor P Taffa

Australia’s premier racing destination will soon be able to operate rain, hail or shine, with works set to begin on a new, world-class synthetic training track at Flemington Racecourse.

 

Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today announced that the Andrews Government, through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund, will provide $624,000 towards the $1.56 Million first stage of works on the new training track.

“Flemington is home to some of the world’s best racehorses and trainers that’s why we’re investing in even better facilities to make sure the racecourse’s infrastructure continues to match the quality of racing we see on the track.” Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said.

“New, all-weather synthetic track will ensure that Australia’s premier racing destination continues to provide world-class training facilities.”

Racing Victoria will match the State Government’s contribution, while the Victoria Racing Club will provide $312,000 towards the Stage 1 works.

“We are grateful for the Victorian Government’s generous support to construct a superior and more sustainable track for horses, jockeys, trainers and racing participants.” Victoria Racing Club Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson said.

“Approximately 600 horses utilise Flemington’s world-class training facilities every day and this new synthetic track will ensure they can train on a quality surface all year round no matter the weather.”

VIC Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New synthetic track will replace the existing dirt tracks to provide a sustainable surface for training, trials and jump outs at Flemington all year round.

Initial works involve stripping and removing the existing dirt track, repairing the track base and installing new drainage, concrete plinths, track profile and draining layer.

This first stage of the works is expected to take two months to complete, paving the way for the synthetic track to be laid as part of Stage 2 which is scheduled for completion later this year.

Since 2014, the Andrews Government has provided almost $14.3 Million to support 15 infrastructure projects and 5 race day events at Flemington Racecourse.

Racing industry in Inner Metropolitan Melbourne generates more than $1.9 Billion for the Victorian economy annually and helps to sustain more than 13,500 full-time equivalent jobs locally.

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Victoria’s world-famous Flemington Racecourse