2016 is set to be the biggest year ever for country racing with Tamworth in the box seat being the benefactor of $2.2 million from Racing NSW to upgrade the racecourse with the first stage now complete.


The first stage of upgrades have adjusted the track’s camber and realigned the 1400m and 1600m starting chutes, making for safer and more competitive racing for horses, riders and punters.


Upgrades to the sand fast work training track are also well underway and due for completion in February. The new sand track will assist trainers in preparing their horses to achieve and maintain peak fitness for racing.


Council approval for the final stage of works has been received which will deliver a brand new 1000m starting chute, making it one of the truest and fairest starting points in Country NSW.


Deputy Premier Troy Grant was on the ground in Tamworth to inspect the works and open the stage one upgrades.


“These new works, coupled with the increased prize money at all TAB meetings and Country Championships, along with the introduction of Regional Showcase meetings means Tamworth is set for a bumper year on the track,” Mr Grant said.


“The NSW Government has been working closing with Racing NSW to see funds flow to regional racetracks – the heart of racing in this state.”


Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said a day at the races is about to get a whole lot more exciting, with better facilities and more prize money on offer.


“We already have some great race days here in Tamworth including the Tamworth Cup, Melbourne Cup and the Country Music Cup and these upgrades will help build on those existing events and help create more great events.”


Tamworth Jockey Club President Mr Greg Birtles welcomed the works. “These upgrades will all participants and reinforce the strength of Tamworth as a racing and training centre. The Club looks forward to resuming racing in coming months as well as the increased prizemoney in country NSW from July 2016.”

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