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$200m Makeover To Transform Sydney Tracks
Sydney racing "is set to regain its premier status with a $200 million makeover transforming Royal Randwick, Rosehill Gardens & Warwick Farm into world-class racing & training centres," reported The Daily Telegraph. The "massive capital works projects are set to commence later this year & seem likely to negate any push for further Saturday race dates being allocated to provincial & country racetracks". The success of Hawkesbury's stand-alone Saturday meeting last weekend & the "excitement surrounding Scone's 2-day carnival on May 13-14 have ignited debate about creating a succession of feature Saturday meetings away from the metropolitan area during the late autumn-winter months". However Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'landys last night "revealed there were no other applications to hold stand-alone Saturday meetings from provincial & country clubs & there were no plans to transfer any further Saturday race dates away from Sydney racetracks". V'landys emphasised: "We are about to undertake a $200 million upgrade of our Sydney racetrack facilities. There will be $174 million spent at Royal Randwick & Rosehill & another $35 million at Warwick Farm to improve facilities & provide world-class venues for punters to enjoy at Sydney race meetings. The Australian Turf Club will want to get a return on the capital investment. If we keep taking Saturday race dates away from the ATC, how are they going to do that?" V'landys added Racing NSW's focus now was "to raise the standard of Sydney Saturday racing with additional prize-money & improved race programming. We want Sydney Saturday race meetings to be the most important of the week. It is okay to do the occasional stand-alone meeting outside of Sydney, but you can overdo it as well."