Flemington straight

New synthetic track for world-class training facilities at Flemington

The Victoria Racing Club’s (VRC) world-class training facilities at Flemington will receive a boost this year, with the construction of a new state-of-the-art synthetic track.

The project is being jointly funded by the VRC, the Victorian Government and Racing Victoria (RV).

The current dirt track will be replaced with a synthetic surface, which will be used for trials and jump outs as well as training.

The new track will provide a more forgiving surface for horses and will also reduce the training load on Flemington’s grass tracks, in turn helping with the condition of all other tracks including the course proper.

VRC Chief Executive Officer, Neil Wilson, said the synthetic surface is a significant addition to Flemington’s facilities.

“Approximately 600 horses utilise Flemington’s training facilities every day, and with training at Flemington secured for the near future it is important these facilities continue to be among the finest in Australia,” Wilson said.

“This new track will provide an all-weather surface that will enable us to hold jump outs when our grass training tracks are unavailable due to wet weather.

“The project will also deliver environmental benefits, including a reduction in the amount of water required to maintain the new synthetic surface compared to the existing dirt track.”

Wilson thanked the Victorian Government and RV for their funding support.

“We are grateful for the support of both the Victorian Government and Racing Victoria and this investment will help maintain Victoria’s world-class position in racing,” he said.

Racing Victoria Chief Executive, Giles Thompson, said: “Racing Victoria is pleased to support the construction of a new synthetic track at Flemington, which will provide trainers with a first-class training asset for all weather conditions. 

“It is vital that the industry continues to invest in enhancing training facilities for the welfare of our horses and the benefit of participants, and I would also like to thank the Victorian Government and the VRC for their support of this important project.”

The project will be completed by May 2019.