On-site works to expand the Cranbourne Training Centre are progressing quickly and the Club is hoping to be in a position to welcome new tenants from the end of this month.
This stage of the Centre’s evolution includes 20 new stables/yards to provide permanent overall accommodation for up to 70 horses on course at any one time. The development also includes construction of a new 240m2 work shed to cater for incoming trainers. And four substantial new day paddocks have been introduced to complement existing facilities.
Cranbourne Club President, David Scott explained the importance of continued investment in the Centre as part of the Club’s long-term strategic plan.
“Our Club is grateful to Harness Racing Victoria and the Andrews Government for their support of this project. We have long held the view that there is a need to grow participation to the south-east of Melbourne. And we have identified that by creating, and now expanding, facilities at the Cranbourne Training Centre we can make an important contribution to realising that goal”.
First opened in September 2012, the Centre currently provides accommodation for up to 50 horses on-course and is home to 12 professional and hobbyist trainers.
Trainers can ply their trade using three fully maintained tracks (including the 945m racetrack). And they also have access to an equine treadmill, 8-horse walking machine, 24m pool with which to craft a varied training regime for their teams
The Club would welcome the opportunity to provide interested trainers with a detailed briefing on the facilities and a tour of the Centre on a strictly confidential basis.
“We recognise that anyone who might contemplate a move will have a lot to consider and therefore we want to provide as much information as we can to help individuals make an informed decision about their future,” Scott explained.
Scott is also only too happy to address what he calls the elephant in the room – the perception in a number of quarters that Cranbourne is simply in “the wrong spot.”
“That view generally stems from the fact that getting to Cranbourne for a midweek race meeting can be problematic and that’s a fact.”
“But that problem falls away if you are actually stabled on the track where you can race once a fortnight by simply walking across the float park. Beyond that, Yarra Valley and Warragul are less than an hour away and trainers can get to Melton on a Saturday in around 75 minutes. Throw in Geelong and Kilmore and there is an abundance of racing opportunities which are readily accessible from Cranbourne.”
“With such outstanding facilities available to trainers at a nominal rent of just $4.50 per horse per day, we think we can create a compelling case for prospective tenants to consider a move to Cranbourne.”
Anyone who would like further information regarding occupancy at the Cranbourne Training Centre can contact David Scott on 0411 282 559 or the Club’s Racing Manager Cameron Gallagher on 0411 126 615.