UPPER House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, called into Kilmore Racing last week to get an update on track improvements that are part of a $1.3 million dollar joint funding project.
The club will receive $578,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund with Racing Victoria contributing almost $722,000 to support the project project that will see the home straight widened to 18 metres to make it consistent with the rest of the course. The track’s negative camber and crown will be removed.
The upgrades have so far seen the demolition of stalls near the winning post, old horse wash bays and soon the removal of a stewards’ tower.
“These major upgrades will help maintain Kilmore Racecourse’s status as one of regional Victoria’s key country racing and training venues,” Ms Symes said.
The Kilmore venue that 14 thoroughbred race meetings and 35 trial and jump out sessions each year and around 20 trainers with 60 horses use the track each week.
Works are expected to start after the Kilmore Cup on 25 November, and be completed by March next year. Racing at Kilmore will be on hold while the improvements take place, but trainers will continue to have access to the venue’s sand training track. Trotting meetings will continue.