Major track upgrade begins

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    YESTERDAY'S Horsham Cup winner, Keayang Steamer - Photo NSWHRC

    LESS than 24 hours after hosting its Pacing Cup, captured by Keayang Steamer, the Horsham racing surface is receiving a major facelift.

    The $470,000 upgrade will include an increase in the camber on the turns, the addition of a sprint lane and track resurfacing with finer grade materials for improved cushioning.

    Racing Minister Martin Pakula announced the works today, which will bring Horsham’s circuit in line with Victoria’s highly-rated tracks such as Ballarat, Bendigo, and Tabcorp Park Melton.

    The government is providing more than $235,000 towards the improvements courtesy of the Victorian Racing Industry Fund.

    Harness Racing Victoria and the Horsham and District Harness Racing Club are sharing the balance of the cost.

    “Today represents the first step towards creating a cutting edge track for Horsham and helping secure the future of harness racing in the Wimmera for many years to come,” Pakula said.

    “Not only will these upgrades bring the track in line with other top harness tracks in the state, it also reflects our commitment to animal welfare by improving the track to help reduce risks of leg injuries.”

    • PAUL COURTS

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