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Training Begins At Pakenham's New $70M Racecourse
In Victoria, training facilities at Pakenham's new state-of the art racecourse were officially opened on Wednesday with Premier and Minister for Racing Denis Napthine presenting the club with a new racecourse License. Dr Napthine described it as an historic occasion as Pakenham is the first thoroughbred racecourse to be awarded a new license in nearly 40 years. "This is an exciting day for the south eastern region and an exciting day for the Victorian racing industry with the opening of these training facilities representing a significant milestone ahead of the first race at this track in 2015," Dr Napthine said. "The state-of-the-art racecourse is a superb venue with training facilities that rival any other racecourse and training centre in Australia. The Pakenham racecourse will certainly be an attractive option for trainers which will bring jobs and economic growth to the region." Dr Napthine added: "Across outer south east Melbourne and Gippsland, the thoroughbred racing industry already provides an annual benefit of more than $300 million to the economy and supports more than 3,500 full time jobs. I have no doubt that Pakenham's new track will add to these benefits."