NSW Member for Tamworth, Mr Kevin Anderson MP, today announced a $2.15 million upgrade to racing and training facilities at the Tamworth Racecourse.
“Racing NSW is providing the multi-million dollar funding from race fields fees to upgrade Tamworth Racecourse which will benefit the entire racing community,” Mr Anderson said.
“These improvements will transform Tamworth Racecourse into one of the finest country tracks in New South Wales.
“It will greatly enhance Thoroughbred racing in the district and take our premier racing carnival, the Tamworth Cup, to a new level. I am confident the improvements will also attract more trainers and owners to race their horses at Tamworth and will therefore be an economic boost to the district.”
Mr Anderson said the money would be spent on refurbishing the course proper which includes re-cambering turns and re-alignment of the 1000-metre chute.
There will also be an upgrade of training tracks to a more reliable and resilient work track which is also safer for horses and riders.
Minister for Racing, the Hon. George Souris MP, welcomed the funding for Tamworth Racecourse, saying that the NSW Government was committed to supporting and encouraging country and provincial racing.
Racing NSW Chief Executive, Mr Peter V’landys, underscored the importance of the upgrades at Tamworth which is one of the largest and most important racing and training centres in NSW.
“The course proper upgrades will greatly improve the Tamworth track in terms of safety and competitiveness of racing. Our focus continues to be on the best available geometry and surfaces for tracks for the safety of both the jockeys and racehorses,” said Mr V’landys.
Tamworth Jockey Club Chairman, Mr Tim Coates, welcomed the funding announcement.
“Tamworth is among the largest training centres in country NSW and we are delighted with this important upgrade. The improved training and racing facilities will see racing in Tamworth continue to move forward,” said Mr Coates.
Source : Racing NSW