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July 21, 2017

The Australian Turf Club has begun construction on another significant training track project as it continues to implement an infrastructure program for the long-term future of Sydney racing.

Rosehill Gardens racecourse will be further enhanced as one of the premier centres of Australian thoroughbred racing and training, with major upgrades to training track infrastructure underway.

As part of the Australian Turf Club’s strategic plan to improve and build the future prosperity of Sydney racing, two new training tracks, enhanced drainage, new irrigation and a service road will be part of a $6.5 million project at Rosehill Gardens.

The upgrade matches significant investment in ATC Member and customer facilities at Rosehill Gardens in recent years, and has received the strong support of Rosehill Gardens trainers.

It also comes as the ATC continues work at all of its racecourses, including:

  • A full rebuild of the Kensington track, one of the most comprehensive undertaken in decades
  • A Polytrack at Canterbury Park for international and local horses
  • Ongoing works at Warwick Farm ahead of a full course proper rebuild.

The ATC Board has also authorised a detailed design program for the upgrade and build of a new sand and synthetic track at Royal Randwick before construction starts.

Under Stage One of the Rosehill Gardens project, the existing larger sand track will be converted to a Pro-Ride surface.

It will include new technology to enhance drainage for track gallops and jump outs and is scheduled to be completed by February 2018.

After the new Pro-Ride surface is completed, Stage Two will see the existing Pro-Ride surface converted to a sand track. This stage is expected to take about four months.

ATC Chief Executive Darren Pearce said the scope of works at all of Sydney’s metropolitan racecourses was the biggest long-term infrastructure program in the history of Sydney racing.

“The Board and management of the ATC are focused on improving Sydney’s training and racing infrastructure for decades to come,’’ Mr Pearce said.

“We have major projects underway and others in full planning across all of our tracks.

“At Rosehill Gardens, the improved drainage for training tracks will make these facilities amongst the best in the country.

“We have involved the Rosehill Gardens trainers in all of our planning, and this project will further lift its standing as a premium racing and training centre.

“The Polytrack at Canterbury Park will not only enhance the Quarantine Centre we have built for international horses in the Autumn and Spring, but also be another training facility for Sydney trainers for special gallops and visitors to Sydney racing outside of quarantine periods.’’

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