• New on-course stabling to secure future of racing in Geelong

  • Will put trainers and their horses immediately adjacent to training facilities

  • Victorian Coalition Government supporting racing in Victoria

Premier of Victoria and Minister for Racing, Denis Napthine has announced plans to build new on-course stabling at the Geelong Racecourse to replace the ageing Haworth Court stable facilities.

Dr Napthine said the Victorian Coalition Government will sell the Haworth Court stables site, located in Breakwater industrial estate, with funds from the sale to be used to build new on-course stables.

Advertisements for the sale by tender have been placed in national media publications.

“This is an important development which will provide a safer, more convenient option for local trainers that currently have to float their horses 800 metres to the racetrack each day,” Dr Napthine said.

“The decision to sell the Haworth Court site, zoned industrial 1, will also release valuable land for further economic development in Geelong, helping to create more jobs.”

Dr Napthine said the Geelong Racecourse is a major regional racing centre hosting 38 meetings during the 2014-15 racing season including the famed Geelong Cup, an important lead up to the Melbourne Cup.

“The Haworth Court facilities were built in the 1980s and are past their use-by-date,” Dr Napthine said.

“In the past, horses were walked from the Haworth Court stables across Felmongers Road and on to the racecourse for training. However, this became increasingly dangerous with more and more vehicular traffic so the crossing was closed to horses. Now horses must be taken by float which is inefficient and inconvenient for trainers.

“The new on-course stables will put trainers, their horses and employees immediately adjacent to the training facilities.”

Chief Executive of Racing Victoria Bernard Saundry said the development was vital for the future of racing in Geelong.

“This project is extremely significant in securing the long term future of Geelong as a key horse racing and training centre in Victoria,” Mr Saundry said.

“Along with the Geelong Racing Club, Racing Victoria will be working over coming months with Haworth Court trainers in the transition process. There is still some time before any move, with a successful sale of the land followed by construction of the new on-course stables to occur first.”

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