Jumps storage is no obstacle at Warrnambool
Warrnambool Racecourse will have a one-stop maintenance shop to keep the region’s jumps obstacles in good condition for future races and trialling.
Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine, who is also the Minister for Racing, announced the Victorian Government and the racing industry will provide funding towards the construction of a new storage shed for jumps obstacles at the Warrnambool racecourse.
“Earlier this year, the Victorian Government provided funding for a second set of jumps obstacles allowing for a set to be based here at Warrnambool for the benefit of the entire region. This greatly opens up schooling and trialling opportunities for horses further contributing to enhancing safety,” Dr Napthine said.
“The new storage shed will act as a one-stop shop for the maintenance and storage of the hurdles and fences that are used throughout the district. The shed will be fitted-out with equipment needed for high pressure water cleaning, welding and other general maintenance activities on the obstacles.
“Jumps racing is such an important part of this region with many local stables amongst the best in Victoria including Ciaron Maher, Darren Weir, Jarrad McLean and Bill & Symon Wilde.
“The employment these stables and many other provide for the district is enormous not to mention the multi-million dollar economic boost that is provided by the famed Warrnambool May Carnival with jumps racing at its heart,” Dr Napthine said.
Warrnambool Racing Club Chief Executive John Green said the Club is delighted to gain the support of the Victorian Coalition Government and Racing Victoria for the new obstacles and storage shed at Warrnambool Racecourse.
“The jumps obstacles are an important tool for trainers in the Western Otways Region to train and qualify horses for jumps races,” Mr Green said.
“Constructing the new storage shed will help to ensure the jumps obstacles remain in great condition, improving the safety for both horses and jockeys,” he said.
Racing Victoria Chief Operating Officer Bernard Saundry said with the support of the Coalition Government, the industry invested in a second set of obstacles prior to this jumps season to provide greater flexibility in programming and enhanced opportunities to educate horses and riders.
“These obstacles are key assets for the jumping industry, particularly in the Western District, so it’s important we ensure that they are probably stored and maintained so they can continue to service the industry well,” Mr Saundry said.
“We thank the Coalition Government for their contribution to this important project and for their on-going support of Victorian racing,” he said.
The total cost of the project is $60,000 with the Victorian Government contribution of $30,000 being matched by Racing Victoria and Country Racing Victoria.