South East clubs rapt with timely investment

Sapphire Coast Turf Club will received $650,000 as part of the NSW Government’s $67 million investment into regional race tracks. Photo: Bradley Photos.

The recent announcement that the NSW Government would invest $67 million into regional racetracks in 2021-22 is music to the ears of club administrators who have tirelessly fought for upgrades.  

In the South East, Moruya Jockey Club Chief Executive Officer Ken Brown is only new to the job, and he said the news was a shock, but he was pleased to find out the NSW Government and Racing NSW had approved a $700,000 stable development.

“It came as a big shock, and we are still to find out exactly what this means to be honest,” Brown said. 

“We will have a chat with Racing NSW and find out what we can expect the money to be spent on.

“We know it will be stable upgrades but how that looks, I’m not entirely sure – maybe 12 or 13 new stables.”

Brown said investment into regional racing was an investment in the club’s future, and he hoped it led to better racing and bigger crowds.

“As they said in the handover, what we are trying to achieve is to try and get more people out in country racing,” Brown said. 

“From a club’s perspective, hopefully this means we can put on a two-day carnival. 

“Just look at Gundagai and Wagga, you look at those two-day carnivals, they are massive and that’s where we want to get our track to, hosting a great two-day carnival.”

Sapphire Coast Turf Club will also receive $650,000 towards a new stable block and Secretary Manager Rob Tweedie agreed that it was an investment in the club’s future. 

“The money will go towards stabling and major infrastructure. We are looking at building 14 stables on course so that a trainer can rent them out,” Tweedie said.

“It’s just so we can invest in the future, and it just goes to show that the (NSW) government takes us seriously and sees a future in racing in this part of the world.”

Tweedie believed it was important to see more investment in South East venues. 

“We have a great facility, both us and Moruya are on the South Coast, they are both high standard and they offer big safe tracks,” Tweedie said. 

“In the South East of the state, there is always a need for racing, and we cater for a lesser horse that can’t go to the city, and it’s important those trainers have that option to race here.

“It’s important to keep these horses going around and investment in the future of our club ensures that.”