Mornington Racecourse To Be Upgraded With All-Weather Synthetic Training Track

Mornington Racecourse To Be Upgraded With All-Weather Synthetic Training Track

Victoria Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

Major Upgrade At Mornington Racecourse

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government is investing in a major upgrade of the Mornington Racecourse with a new all-weather synthetic training track.

Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today announced that the State Government is providing almost $1.38 Million from its Victorian Racing Industry Fund towards the $2.75 Million project.

“This new, all-weather synthetic track at Mornington will ensure that trainers have access to top-quality facilities at one of Victoria’s busiest racing and training centres.” Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said.

“We’re investing in the racing infrastructure that Victoria needs to boost local jobs and the economy.”

New synthetic track will replace the sand training track and provide long-term benefits for the club and its trainers, with more gallops, jump outs and trials to be conducted on the new surface.

All-weather surface will allow training to occur all year round and provide a more consistent training surface. The existing track base and drainage will support the new synthetic track, which will be the same dimensions as the old sand track of 1,730 metres in length and 8 metres wide.

“This major investment is providing better facilities for trainers and locals at one of the region’s best racecourses.” Member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke said.

Upgrade will save the club around $15,000 on water each year as the new synthetic surface can be used and maintained with minimal watering.

Works are expected to be completed by September this year and the club will endeavour to minimise the impact on training during the construction.

“We’re grateful for the Victorian Government’s generous investment, which will enable us to construct a safer and more sustainable training track.” Melbourne Racing Club CEO Josh Blanksby said.

Melbourne Racing Club conducts 18 race meetings and 40 jump outs each year at Mornington, with around 86 trainers and 440 horses using the track to train. The current sand training track was installed 12 years ago and is no longer suitable for training.

Racing Victoria is providing $962,500 towards the track upgrade and the Melbourne Racing Club is contributing $412,500.

Since 2014, the Andrews Government has provided almost $1.84 Million to support 6 infrastructure projects and 5 race day events at Mornington Racecourse.

Racing industry in the outer Melbourne region generates more than $375 Million for the Victorian economy annually and helps to sustain more than 3,720 full-time equivalent jobs in the area.