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Upgrade to track in Horsham

Horsham’s harness track will be one of the first venues to benefit from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund, announced as part of the State Government’s Budget.

Racing Minister Martin Pakula last week announced a $225,818 boost to improve the welfare and safety of horses and drivers, bringing Horsham into line with other top quality Victorian tracks – including Tabcorp Park Melton, Ballarat and Bendigo.

The camber on the turns will be increased from seven percent to 12 percent, reducing the force that draws the horse’s body away from the centre of rotation and, in turn, the risk of leg injuries. The camber is the slope of the track, with zero percent indicating flat ground.

In addition to camber works, a sprint lane will be added and the track will be resurfaced with a finer-grade material to improve cushioning underfoot.

The overall project cost is $451,638, with $225,818 provided by the State Government, and Harness Racing Victoria and the Horsham and District Harness Racing Club each contributing $112,910.

Racing Minister Martin Pakula said country racing had a strong future under the Andrews government.

“We’re pleased to support this boost for the Horsham harness track, which will improve welfare and safety for drivers and horses alike,” he said.

Harness Racing Victoria Development and Infrastructure Manager Rob Pongho said Harness Racing Victoria had placed significant focus on optimising track design to reduce the stress on horses and provide a more competitive racing product.

 

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Posted on May 27 2015

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