Scone Racecourse Infrastructure Officially Unveiled by Minister

The NSW Minister for Racing, the Hon. George Souris MP, officially opened key racing infrastructure at Scone Racecourse on Friday, the first day of the two-day Scone racing carnival.

Projects valued at almost $500,000 were funded by Racing NSW from Race Fields Fees accumulated during its successful defence of legal challenges in the High Court.

The capital works include:-

  • Comprehensive drainage works on the course proper;
  • Upgrades to the parade ring and outside running rail infrastructure; and
  • Additional raceday stalls

The works which commenced in late January will improve the performance of Scone Racecourse and ensure the venue is better equipped to manage its two-day Carnival which has quickly established its position on the NSW racing calendar since 2011. “The drainage works will enable the Scone Racecourse to better handle adverse weather conditions,” said Mr Souris.

“Improvements to the parade ring, outside fencing and additional tie-up stalls will ensure that

Scone Racecourse can cope with the demands of racegoers and visiting trainers. These upgrades further entrench Scone’s position among the leading country race clubs in Australia,” Mr Souris added.

In funding the project from Race Fields monies, Racing NSW Chief Executive, Mr Peter V’landys, highlighted the benefits of an improved racing surface.

“Scone Racecourse already boasts excellent track geometry and the drainage works will ensure the track races consistently and can better cope with wet conditions. This will improve the safety of the track for horses and riders as well as further improve the confidence of punters,” said Mr V’landys.

“Enhancements to the parade ring area and outside fencing will improve the accessibility and safety for racegoers.”

Scone Race Club Chairman, Mr Noel Leckie, also welcomed the capital upgrades and thanked Racing NSW: “These works would not have been possible without the support of Racing NSW and we thank them for the funding and their continued support of Scone Race Club.

Source : Racing NSW


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