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Course Proper Reconstruction

The Thoroughbred Park course proper was first raced on  Saturday 6 October 2007 following completion of stage two of the track and training facilities upgrade.

The new course proper is one of the most modern racetracks in Australia and was designed to provide the highest level of safety on a surface that delivers highly competitive and bias free racing.  To ensure these outcomes the track has been reshaped to provide improved camber through the turns.  A new irrigation and drainage system was installed , the highest quality materials were used and Australia’s foremost racetrack consultants were utilized on the project.


Vital Course Proper Statistics and Construction Information

Track Statistics:

1815 metres in circumference, 25 metres wide with a total area of 64,000 square metres.  The turns are cambered to 5%, the back straight camber is 2.5% and the main straight camber is 1.5%. The home straight is 400 metres long.


Eighteen kilometres of subsoil drains have been installed across the entire width of the course, spaced 3 metres apart.  The subsoil drains are connected into the storm water system and return excess water to the water storage dams for reuse as irrigation.

Soil Profile:

The soil profile is a mix of sand and loam with a 10 to 1 ratio of sand to loam and is made up of washed and screened sand and loam. The soil was sourced from Braidwood and 36,000 tonnes of soil was delivered to the site at the rate of ten truckloads a day over eight weeks.

 Seed Mix:

The track was sown initially with kentucky bluegrass and over sown with rye grass in February 2007.  The track was not raced on until October  of 2007 to allow  consolidation and binding of the root system to ensure the surface could sustain horse racing without excessive damage to the surface and to ensure a first class racing surface for years to come.

Irrigation System:

A fully automated irrigation system was installed which allows off course operation via the Race Course Manager's lap top computer and the underground infrastructure includes  5 kilometres of pipes and 180 sprinkler heads.

Moisture Sensors:

Moisture sensors were installed to assist in monitoring the moisture levels and are connected to the Racecourse Manager’s central control computer and provide both moisture and temperature readings.

Design Consultants:

Canberra firm Cardno Young Pty Ltd provided design work and project management.  Cardno Young are experienced in racetrack design and construction management having been involved with Flemington, Moonee Valley and Randwick racecourse reconstruction.


The contractor for the project was Guideline ACT, one of Canberra’s major earth moving contractors.

Turf Consultants:

The turf consultant was John Neylan from Victorian based AGCSATech (Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association), a group experienced in racecourse turf requirements.

Water Supply & Water Storage Dams:

Three interconnected water storage dams have been constructed to collect excess irrigation water, storm water and run off.  Both dams are connected to a pumping station and at full capacity, without on going top ups, contain enough water for three months of watering.

Storm Water:

An extensive storm water system has been installed to collect run off from almost all of Thoroughbred Park, including the Acton Track, course proper subsoil and surface drainage, as well as storm water runoff from most buildings.  The storm water system is connected to the storage dams for recycling.

Ambulance Track:

A road has been installed between the Acton Track and the course proper specifically to provide all weather access by the course Ambulance, Veterinary Surgeon, Starting Stewards and Barrier Attendants.  This road provides quick access to both tracks and eliminates damage to either track caused by vehicles on the racing surfaces.

Stewards Towers:

Two additional steward and filming towers were installed as part of the project bringing the total number of steward’s towers to six.  This ensures stewards have total viewing and filming coverage of the course to assist the steward’s panel in carrying out their duties.


All steward towers are connected by underground conduit and wiring back to the video production unit for efficient production of stewards film requirements and innovative on and off course broadcasting.

Project Cost:

$4.5 million plus GST

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