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New Synthetic Training Track At Ballarat
Victorian Minister For Racing Rob Hulls announced the state government "is helping to fund a new $2.4 million uphill synthetic training track at Ballarat Turf Club to assist horses develop superior strength". Hulls said the new 1400m training track would provide trainers with "a unique opportunity to develop strength in horses that they would be unable to do on standard training surfaces. Once installed, this synthetic track will give Victorian trainers another edge in their preparations for some of the finest thoroughbred racehorses in the world. At 8m wide, the track will follow the natural incline of the hill on the side of Mt Pisgah & allow for slow & fast training work. Hulls said the Brumby Labor Government was providing $2.16 million for the Ballarat project (through its $86 million Regional Racing Infrastructure Fund); Racing Victoria & Country Racing Victoria are jointly contributing $240,000. Hulls added: "Construction works for this new track are due to begin this month, with completion of the project expected in June. Along with the synthetic track, the club will also install a corral area at the start of the track to shelter horses before training & a walking track from the top of the hill back to the start. Ballarat East MP Geoff Howard commented: "The new track will be located at the rear of the Dowling Forest racecourse & will replace the existing sand training track. The Ballarat Turf Club is one of Victoria's strongest thoroughbred racing clubs, producing 2300 starters - the 5th highest number in the state - and this new training track will be a boon for the club."