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2nd Vic Synthetic Track "Likely" For Country Course
Flemington is "ideal" for Victoria's 2nd synthetic track (after Geelong), "but economics are likely to lead to the state's 2nd artificial track being built at a country racecourse" reported The Herald-Sun. Flemington "is the preferred all-weather track" of Racing Victoria chief executive Rob Hines, but he "accepts it is not practical to run meetings there offering country prize-money levels". Hines said installing a synthetic track at a country course "that was also a training centre with a large horse population would ensure maximum value for money". VRC chief executive Dale Monteith said Flemington track manager Mick Goodie & RV chief strategic officer Paul Bittar (but not the committee) had "discussed the matter". While the 20m-wide dirt track inside the Flemington course proper "could accommodate the 2nd all-weather track, Monteith said Flemington's brand was for "quality racing" & the committee "would need to discuss the merit of running meetings offering country prize-money".