Day At The Track

'World class facility' officially opens

08:29 AM 25 Sep 2012 NZST
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The 24 metre equine bungee pool  Harness Racing Victoria
The 24 metre equine bungee pool - at Cranbourne’s state-of-the-art training centre.
Harness Racing Victoria

Victorian Minister for Racing Dr Denis Napthine was on hand yesterday (Monday September 24) for the official opening of Cranbourne's state-of-the-art training centre almost a year after the ambitious Project began. Cranbourne Harness Racing Club chief executive David Scott said the landmark opening today was just reward for the many who had contributed to the centre's successful development.

In all, the training centre is equipped to host 46 horses in the initial phase of its development which will be serviced by three unique training tracks a short walk from the stabling area. It has already been hailed a world class facility.

A 24m equine bungee pool, 8-horse walking machine and 4-horse jogger complements the complex which was developed as a joint project between the Coalition Government, Cranbourne HRC and Harness Racing Victoria.

“As a club we are immensely proud of what we’ve been able to achieve.

“We believe that this complex offers trainers first class facilities at very affordable rates and that this model will create a viable alternative to a proliferation of privately owned and/or maintained establishments into the future.

“Most importantly, this complex creates a vital entry point for new participants to our sport without the burden of huge set-up capital costs,” Scott said.

Situated on seven acres of the Cranbourne Racing Centre precinct, the pioneering complex will allow for all horses to be housed in 5m by 12m yards that include a 5m by 5m shelter.

Facility fees are $60 per month per trainer along with an accommodation fee of $4 per horse per day (plus GST).

Included in that accommodation along with the aforementioned training tracks, pool, walking machine and jogger are communal work sheds, a four-horse undercover wash and extensive tie-up areas.

“We are very grateful to HRV and the Baillieu Government not only for their financial support but also the trust they placed in our club to deliver a project of this magnitude,” Scott said.

“We feel so far it’s been an overwhelming success.”

by Jason BONNINGTON

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