Day At The Track

State's first stabling and training complex

12:08 AM 21 Sep 2010 NZST
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Harness Racing Victoria

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV), the Cranbourne Harness Racing Club and the State Government today (Tuesday September 21) combined to deliver plans for the state's first on-site harness racing stabling and training complex, to be located at Cranbourne.

The funding forms part of the $86 million Regional Racing Infrastructure Fund (RRIF), an historic partnership between the racing industry and the Victorian Government.

HRV Chairman, Ken Latta said, “HRV is grateful for the State Government’s contribution of $604,570 from the Regional Racing Infrastructure Fund for this important strategic initiative for harness racing.

“The complex will offer an opportunity to attract new entrants or small to medium sized professional stables without the significant capital expenditure to set up their own complex.”

“This fantastic joint-initiative will deliver vastly improved infrastructure to the Cranbourne Harness Racing Club and its participants, helping to further grow the sport within the region.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Racing, Rob Hulls said, “The new $1 million harness racing training complex will have a significant impact on the future of the harness racing industry in the south eastern region, providing accommodation for 57 horses, a new training track and an 8 horse walking machine.

“Trainers will be able to stable their horses within walking distance from the training track, saving them time and money, which can be invested in producing world-class pacers and trotters.”

Cranbourne Harness Racing Club President, Robert Blanche said, “The creation of a communal stabling and training complex will provide the catalyst for vital growth in the local industry, both in terms of numbers of trainers operating in the area and in the size of the local racehorse pool.

“The project will make an important contribution to maintaining and rebuilding harness racing participation in the south-eastern region of Melbourne. The Club wishes to thank HRV and the Victorian Government for their commitment to the development.”

Additionally, the State Government has pledged a further $25,950 for a children’s playground at Cranbourne as part of the Living Country Racing Program (LCRP).

“Our country racing clubs play such an important role in the communities in which they operate, not just as a sporting club, but part of the cultural social and economic fabric of the areas. This new equipment will encourage more families to enjoy a day out at the races,” Mr Hulls said.

Subject to planning approval, construction at Cranbourne will commence in late 2010 with completion due for June 2011.

Brad BISHOP

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