THE racecourse and training tracks at Towac Park will be overhauled thanks to $1.3 million from Racing NSW announced yesterday to coincide with the Orange Gold Cup.
The funds will cover the relocation of the sand fast work track from outside the turf course proper to inside the track, freeing up space to widen and re-turf the main track.
The surface of the new training track will also be upgraded to provide a more reliable and resilient work track - safer for horses and riders, Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys said.
Mr V’landys applauded the work of “dynamo” Racing Orange chairperson Ellie Brown and said she was the main reason Racing NSW responded to the funding application.
“Since Ellie Brown took the chairperson’s position it’s become one of the most progressive clubs of NSW,” he said.
“She’s a breath of fresh air.”
The funds come from revenue Racing NSW collects in race fields fees from bookmakers that take bets on races across the state, Mr V’landys said.
“At the moment it’s a bit strange to have the sand track on the outside so it will make it much safer,” he said.
“The sand track on the inside will be much better on the [horses’] legs because it doesn’t jar them.
“It’s an important tool for training.”
Ms Brown welcomed the funding announcement and said Racing Orange had worked hard to rebuild racing at Towac Park.
“We are delighted with this important upgrade,” she said.
“The improved training and racing facilities will be pivotal in our goal to restore Orange as a leading centre of country racing in NSW.”
Orange mayor John Davis said the funds opened the door for the council to partner with Racing Orange and the racing industry to further develop both the racecourse and the Towac Park site.